Which temperature is too cool for my pet?

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, if it's too cold for you, your pet is too.

Pets can get frostbite and hypothermia like people. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends considering your pet's coat, body fat, activity level, and health when deciding how long they should stay outside.

After considering their tolerance, limiting cold exposure is the best method to safeguard your pet. That includes walks.

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"Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling," states the AVMA.

Dogs with long hair or thick coats can handle the cold better, but they are still at risk. Watch them as you judge their tolerance.

"Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground," states the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says pets with diabetes, heart illness, kidney disease, or hormone abnormalities may have trouble regulating their body temperature and be more susceptible to temperature extremes. 

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