Alert: Winter more lethal than Summer!

Oct 18, 2018Shwetha ARead time < 4 min
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It is alarming that the winter cold kills twice as many pets than summer in the United States. While there is enough awareness about heatstroke, most people take winter for granted. Winter induced Frostbite and Hypothermia is more fatal than heatstroke.

 

It might be fun to take your dog out in the snow. But, the cold is extremely dangerous for your fido. Most dogs can bear the temperature as long as it does not fall under 20 degrees. That said, all dogs are not the same. Some dogs can withstand up to 15 degrees while some will give up at 50 degrees. This depends on the breed, sex, size and fur.

 

To help you understand the general withstanding capacity of your dog, here is a small table that you can refer to.

 

Breed

Min – Max Temperature for Male

Min – Max Temperature for Female.

Borzoi

at least 28

at least 26

Great Dane

at least 30

at least 28

Standard Poodle

at least 15

at least 15

Beagle

at most 15

at most 15

Irish Wolfhound

at least 32

at least 30

Basset Hound

12–15

11–14

Papillon

8–11

8–11

Rottweiler

24–27

22–25

Portuguese Water

20–23

17–21

Akita

26–28

24–26

Leonberger

28–31.5

25.5–29.5

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

10.5–12.5

10.5–12.5

Entlebucher Mountain Doga

17–21

16–20

Saluki

23–28

N.S.

Chinese Crested

11–13

11–13

Whippet

19–22

18–21

Havanese

8.5–11.5

8.5–11.5

Toy Poodle

at most 10

at most 10

Bernese Mountain

25–27.5

23–26

Shetland Sheepdog

13–16

13–16

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

10–12

10–12

Sussex Spaniel

13–15

13–15

Doberman Pinscher

26–28

24–26

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

14–16

14–16

Affenpinscher

9.5–11.5

9.5–11.5

Kuvasz

28–30

26–28

Mastiff

at least 30

at least 27.5

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

12–13

12–13

Miniature Pinscher

10–12.5

10–12.5

Briard

23–27

22–25.5

Giant Schnauzer

25.5–27.5

23.5–25.5

Miniature Poodle

10–15

10–15

Italian Greyhound

13–15

13–15

Akbash Dogb

30–34

28–32

German Shepherd

24–26

22–24

Labrador Retriever

22.5–24.5

21.5–23.5

Boxer

23–25

21.5–23.5

Cocker Spaniel

14.5–15.5

13.5–14.5

Afghan Hound

26–28

24–26

German Shorthaired Pointer

23–25

21–23

Australian Terrier

10–11

10–11

Golden Retriever

23–24

21.5–22.5

 

Source: The above table was curated based on the results published by the NCBI

 

The table  above is  just an indicative guide. . The ability to withstand extreme temperatures  differs from dog to dog. Two dogs of the same breed can have different tolerance towards cold. To know the temperature that your dog can withstand, it is necessary that you spend time and examine your dog.

 

The Animal Welfare Act regulations has imposed a rule that housing facilities must have adequate controls to maintain the temperature within the standards (USDA, 2013). Losing a pet to the winter can create a permanent voidness in your life. Get a pet monitor and keep an eye on the environment temperature around your pet. Get peace of mind  and free yourself from stress this winter.

 

Purchase a pet temperature monitor at just $309 for a year.

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