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Warming up a dog that is iced cold

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Falling through the ice or even just standing in cold water on a windy day can make your dog’s temperate plummet. If he’s shivering, he’s loosing essential body heat and there is a possibility that hypothermia will set in.  He needs to be dried off and warmed up fast. If your dog is small, wrap him inside your coat and carry him home. If he’s a big dog, get him out of the wind as quickly as possible. Dry him off with a towel and wrap him in a warm blanket and rub him down to get the blood flowing. If he’s shivering, that’s actually a good sign.  Hurry home and use whatever you can find, this includes hot water bottles, heat lamps if you own any. If not, a heating pad will help bring his temperature back to normal which is 103 to 105 degrees F.

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