The determination of when the temperature is too cold for a dog is breed-specific. Some breeds of dogs withstand relatively extreme cold temperatures, while others lack that capability.
An initial step to protect a dog from harm caused by low temperatures is an appointment with a veterinarian. A veterinarian is able to advise to the weather tolerance of a particular breed of dog. In addition, a veterinarian examines a dog to determine if any conditions exist that might render a specific pet more vulnerable to negative effects from cold temperatures. Sweaters for dogs are not a fail safe way of protecting them from the cold. Dogs lose most of their heat through the pads on their feet.Learn More
You can take a dog's temperature with a rectal thermometer designed for dogs. Insert the lubricated thermometer into the dog's rectum for an accurate temperature reading.Full Answer >
Yes, it is possible for a dog to go into heat if she has been spayed. This is only true if the dog had her tubes tied versus having a whole ovariohysterectomy, which removes all of the female reproductive organs.Full Answer >
A dog can survive two to three days without water, although this time frame varies based on the temperature and humidity of the dog's environment and its activity level.Full Answer >
Most dogs reach puberty when 6 to 12 months old. Dogs of small breeds usually reach puberty earlier than dogs of large breeds, which may not reach puberty until age 2, and male dogs reach puberty earlier than female dogs.Full Answer >