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How Cold Is Too Cold To Walk Your Dog?

Sunday, January 4, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogs coldThe weather in the northeast and much of the country is supposed to turn frigid  by the middle of this week. This raises the question, how long should you keep your dog out in the extreme cold?  As a general rule, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your dog. Do your homework and get information about your dogs breed and how he tolerates cold weather. For instance, huge Bullmastiffs shouldn’t be out in very hot or very cold weather.  Alaskan Huskies are another breed that shouldn’t be left out in the cold too long . As a general statement, dogs that have a double coat (they have an undercoat for the winter) may be left out in the extreme cold no longer than 30 minutes.  Dogs with a single coat must wear a coat or a sweater. Small dogs like the Chihuahua, should be bundled up and taken out in very short periods of time in the extreme cold weather. I’m talking about five minutes if possible.

King Charles Spaniels have very long coats, but this dog is cut out for the cold weather and can stay in most days in the winter. Do your research and check with your vet. Never leave your dog out unattended in extreme cold weather.

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