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55 Victoria Road
Clare SA 5453
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Ph  08 88422822
E-mail: clare@cvvs.com.au

Consulting Hours:
Monday to Friday
9am-5pm
Saturday
9am-11am
 

  CONTACT JAMESTOWN

4 Vohr Street
Jamestown SA 5491
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Ph  08 86640923
E-mail: jamestown@cvvs.com.au

Consulting Hours
Tuesday and Thursday
9am-5pm

 
   
Clare Valley Veterinary Services

Clare 8842 2822     Jamestown 8664 0923     Emergency 0408 422 822
  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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