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
- Elderly pets
- Newborn pets
- General anaesthesia
Typical signs include:
- Slowed breathing
- Dilated pupils
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.