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Caring for Your Dog in Winter Weather

With an Arctic Blast gripping a large portion of the country at the start of the year, going outdoors was challenging. But, winter is just getting started. If you have pets, there are cold weather health hazards you have to look out for to keep you and your pet safe.

According to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, puppies, seniors and dogs with certain illnesses are more vulnerable in colder weather. Two of the illnesses that can result from extremely cold temperatures are hypothermia and frostbite.

Hypothermia can result from extended exposure to cold and is a life-threatening condition. Watch your dog for signs of shivering, shallow breathing, weak pulse or lethargy.

Frostbite is a temperature related tissue injury and most commonly occurs on ears, tails, scrotum or feet. Signs include discolored skin (red, pale, or grayish) swelling, or blisters. Check your pet often for signs of frostbite which may be hidden beneath fur.

For more information on cold-weather chemicals, winter groom, cold-weather outings and winter training tips visit the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ website for Winter Safety and Comfort for Dogs.

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