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55 Victoria Road
Clare SA 5453
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Ph  08 88422822

Consulting Hours:
Monday to Friday


4 Vohr Street
Jamestown SA 5491
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Ph  1300 CV VETS (1300 288 387)  Ext 2

Consulting Hours
Tuesday and Thursday

Clare Valley Veterinary Services
1300 CV VETS (1300 288 387)

Clare  Ext 1 Jamestown Ext 2     Balaklava Ext 3
  Hypothermia in pets

Did you know your pet can suffer from hypothermia during winter?

Hypothermia occurs when the body's temperature falls below 35°C, which can affect the central nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune systems.

A pet’s ability to tolerate cold weather depends on their age, health, coat thickness, fat stores and activity level.

As a general rule, when temperatures drop below 4°C, pets should not spend prolonged amounts of time outdoors.

However, owners of juvenile, geriatric, small breeds, sick pets or those under a general anaesthesia, should be extra cautious to prevent hypothermia.

Common causes of hypothermia:

  • Left out in the cold
  • Wet fur
  • Swimming in cold water
  • Shock
  • Elderly pets
  • Illness
  • Newborn pets
  • General anaesthesia

Typical signs include:

  • Shivering
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Coma

How to prevent hypothermia:

  • Avoid excessive time outdoors
  • Provide indoor heating
  • Use pet clothing (jackets)
  • Incubation for newborns
  • Do not allow pets to swim during cold weather
  • Dry the pet's fur and skin if wet
  • Decrease walking route length and duration in cold weather.
  • Consider indoor activities

If you're concerned your pet has a serious case of hypothermia, please call our clinic on 08 8842 2822.


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To contact any of our clinics please phone:

1300 CV VETS (1300 288 387)

Clare Clinic Extension 1

Jamestown Clinic Extension 2

Balaklava Clinic Extension 3


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