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 >
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 >
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 >
Different breeds of dogs can survive different temperatures. Some dogs are bred for the freezing weather, while some will become sick very quickly.Full Answer >