Cold Weather Dangers – How Cold Is Too Cold?

labrador in snow cold weather
In some parts of the U.S., “spring has sprung” but in the Northeast, like Vermont where I live with two thin-coated Weimaraners, we have another two months of winter to bear, including a current windy cold snap in the single digits. Therefore, vigilance about keeping your dog protected from extreme and prolonged cold conditions should still be top of mind for some of us. (You folks who live in warm climates can read this with gratitude it doesn’t apply to you!)

Even Labradors Can Suffer From The Cold
Just because your dog has a fur coat doesn’t mean that is all he needs to stay warm when the temperature drops. If your dog has a thin coat, especially if he is a delicate breed intended for warm weather such as the Italian Greyhound, provide him with outerwear for protection and limit him to short forays outside when it is really cold. A sweater vest is probably the best protection, since it holds in the dog’s natural body heat, layered with a jacket on top. A strong energetic Labrador can still suffer from prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures. The longer a dog stays outside when it’s freezing, the more risk he runs of developing hypothermia, which is a dangerous drop in the dog’s core body temperature.

Hypothermia: Signs Of Danger
A dog whose core temperature has gone down will shiver violently in a rapid attempt to speed up his metabolism to generate warmth – it’s a sign of a serious drop in body temperature. If your dog displays any of these symptoms, bring him inside to a warm environment immediately.

  • Intense and prolonged shivering.
  • Weakness or lethargy—especially if the dog is normally active.
  • Disorientation or confusion—not responding to commands, walking in circles.
  • Loss of interest in playing or even walking, lifting paws one at a time.

What To Do In Case Of Severe Chilling
Heat Him Up: Throw some towels and other blankets in the dryer on high, where they will heat up quickly. Get your dog to the warmest room you have, crank up the thermostat and wrap him in the warm towels.

Stay With Him: Don’t leave your dog’s side until he stops shivering. Once he is rewarmed, encourage him to eat and drink, which will generate more warmth and replenish the energy he expended while shivering.

Get to the Vet or ER Hospital: If he does not improve, or the shivering gets worse, wrap up your dog in layers of towels and blankets, preheat the car, and get him to the vet on an emergency basis. Call ahead to let the doctors know you are on your way and why – so they can be prepared with what they need to do to stabilize him.

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Warren Eckstein on “The Most Digestible (Dog) Food on the Market”

Warren Eckstein, host of The Pet Show, is an internationally known pet and animal expert. Warren has devoted over thirty years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training. He recommends Halo pet food to all of his listeners.

Listen to this audio clip of him letting a listener know about Halo and its digestibility. He stats, “That is the food I feed my own pets…I want you to gradually change the food over to Halo. It’s the most digestible food on the market. Your dog is going to absolutely love it.”

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Observant Dog Saves Elderly Neighbor

Zeus the Observant Dog

Sometimes people worry about living next door to a dog. For one elderly man in Australia, he’s lucky that he did. After falling in his backyard and being unable to get help, Zeus, a neighbor’s observant dog, came to the rescue.

According to The Weekend Courier Community, the 96-year-old man had fallen in his backyard and injured himself. He was unable to get up and was not easily visible. After falling, he lay in the backyard for more than two days, becoming severely dehydrated. Then, the man’s neighbor, Mick Condo, noticed his dog staying near the fence separating their properties. Zeus, a black Staffordshire Terrier-type dog was whimpering, too, which also caught Mick’s attention.

According to Mick, Zeus “was whining for about an hour and wouldn’t come away from the fence.” Mick listened hard and, in his words, “heard a faint ‘please help me’ and I realized my elderly neighbor was in trouble.”

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Cold Dog Paws In Frosty Weather: Protect Your Dog’s Feet in the Winter

Cold dog paws
Since dogs have sweat glands in their toes, the moisture there can form into balls of ice when they abruptly leave a warm indoor environment and go into very cold temperatures. These ice balls can be so uncomfortable that a dog will hop or limp, and they can even bruise or cut the foot pad.

Pawdicure
Some dogs have hair growing between their toes or the pads at the bottom of their feet, which causes trouble in ice and snow. Get a small, round-tipped pair of dog-hair scissors from a pet supply company. They resemble the ones men use to snip their nose hairs, but they are tougher, for thick dog hair. Snip the hair growths from between the pads so that ice and snow can’t build up.

Paw Salve
Avoid damage to your dog’s footpads the way sled-dog trainers do. Apply a layer of protection to the bottom of your dog’s feet by spreading a thin layer of petroleum jelly or aloe gel on the dog’s footpads before you head out into the bitter cold. You can even spray Pam or one of the generic vegetable-oil cooking sprays underneath her feet right before you go out. Even if your dog licks her feet later, these products will cause no harm. [It’s probably best to do it just outside the door, or your floors might get messy!]

Blow Hot Air
Relieve ice-covered feet with a hairdryer set on the lowest warm setting. Hold the blower at least six inches away from the dog’s foot. Dry off the melted ice, rinse the feet in warm water to rinse off any salt or chemical contamination, and gently rub the paws to get the circulation going.

Call for Booties
Dogs in any wintry city would probably benefit from wearing dog boots. Be sure to get a quality pair that fits snugly. But don’t secure them too tightly, or you will cut off circulation, which could result in frostbitten toes that require emergency medical intervention.

Booties can be great if your dog has really delicate feet, if your weather is cold enough, or if you live in an area where salt is used to melt the ice and snow. Other ice-melting chemicals like magnesium and calcium chloride can also irritate a dog’s feet, as well as cause an upset stomach when she licks her feet after the walk.

You should go into a pet store to try on different styles of booties and see if your dog will be willing to walk in them, even once you fit a good anatomical fit. Some dogs remain rooted to the spot as if their feet are encased in cement booties – so see if you can’t encourage them to take a few (at first weird!) steps by offering a tasty morsel for each step take (you’ll find Halo Liv-a-Little dried protein treats and many other fine tasty nibbles on another shelf in most stores).

Do You Live In Arizona, California Or Florida?
This advice will be a reminder of why you’re so happy to have a warm zip code!

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Cat Helps Cops Catch Criminal

Ephatra

Attentive cops use all sorts of clues to help them catch criminals. Often, they’re helped in their pursuit of fugitives by people who call in tips or point in the direction that someone ran. According to the York Daily Register, on a cool night in Lancaster County, PA, cops were helped by none other than a friendly black cat!

The Ephrata Police Department posted on their Facebook page that on Monday, November 28, Jonathan Michael Steffy ran while police were arresting him for an outstanding warrant. Police were able to narrow the man’s location down to a particular backyard, but couldn’t find him at first. Then, one officer “noticed a black cat” and thankfully took notice. The cat appeared to be crouching and “watching something intently.” There were two sheds in the backyard that the cat seemed to be looking near. The first shed was empty.

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