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How do I know my dog is cold?

Some dog breeds do not have a thick undercoat that protects them from the winter cold. Small, short-haired dogs with thin fur, in particular, freeze very quickly. Fortunately, if you observe your dog closely, you can quickly identify typical symptoms and usually prevent an upcoming hypothermia in good time.

There are certain behaviors and postures that indicate that your dog is freezing. The main symptoms are:
  • Cramped posture; Your dog pulls his back up and pinches the tail.
  • Trembling: Your dog is bristling and starts to tremble
  • Restlessness: Your dog is showing clear signs of being unwell. He whines or rushes home.
  • Loss of drive: Your dog walks more slowly, appears sleepy and listless.
If your dog shows one or more of these symptoms, then you should go back as soon as possible and find a warm place. Back in the warm home, your dog usually warms up quickly, you should provide him with a cozy blanket and a warm place.

Prevention is the best protection
In winter it is best to take several short walks rather than one long one. Make sure that your dog moves around a lot outside, the more exercise, the warmer it becomes and the less likely it is to get hypothermic. You can also protect your four-legged friend from the cold with a winter coat. As soon as you are back home, rub your dog thoroughly with a towel. 
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