Can Your Dog Get Too Cold?


We are aware of the dangers hot weather poses to dogs, but did you know cold weather can also be a serious threat to your pet? While a dog’s natural coat provides some protection from the weather, they can still get cold.

How can you tell if your dog is too cold?

Shaking – Dog’s can shiver just like us when they are cold. However, don’t let this be a sole indicator. Keep an eye out for other symptoms too.

Dry skin – Dry and flaky skin on your dog may indicate a low tolerance to the cold

Strange behaviour – If your dog is acting anxious or moving slowly, this may be an indication that they are struggling with the temperature.

These are just a few signs that your dog might be feeling the cold. If your dog begins to search for warm place to rests or starts moving slowly, it is recommended to head inside and warm up. However, your dog still needs regular walks regardless of the weather. Here are some precautions you can take to ensure your dog is protected against the cold.

Keeping Your Dog Warm

1. Sweaters/ Coats

Does your dog need a sweater or a coat to go outside? This can depend on the breed of dog you own. The Pedigree Foundation has outlined three factors that will determine as to whether your dog needs a coat to stay warm.

  • Coat Type: Dogs with thin hair and thin body types, such as whippets, will need a coat to go outside in the weather
  • Size: Small dogs, including puppies, will struggle more with dropping temperatures and is recommended for them to wear a coat when going outside.
  • Age/Health: Older dogs or dogs recovering from an illness are more vulnerable to the cold. A coat is recommended when going outside in the colder weather.

Jackets and coats can be bought for all breeds and sizes of dogs, and are available for purchase at

2. Boots

Does your dog need to wear boots? This can vary depending on personal opinion. Some dogs may benefit from them. However, they can also be uncomfortable and awkward. Here’s some exceptions as to when it may be recommended for your dog to wear boots.

  • Injury: If your dog has an injury, such as cuts and scrapes, it will need to be protected from chemicals. Wearing boots stop the injury getting exposed to these.
  • Location: If your community uses de-icers to melt snow and ice, boots will protect your dog’s paws. Some de-icers can be quite painful to their pads. Alway’s wipe your dog’s paws after being outside and put boots on them for extra protection.

Ruffwear has a range of boots available for all breeds here. The Ruffwear Grip Trex Dog Boots is recommended for everyday use and are suitable to wear in the cooler temperatures. These boots protect your dog’s paws from extreme environments and can be bought here.

3. Grooming

Avoderm suggests that a dry and flaky skin on your dog could be a symptom of low cold tolerance. One way of combatting this is to bathe your dog regularly and consider natural shampoo to avoid drying agents. The below shampoos are recommended especially for dry and flaky skin.

Remember, dogs can get cold just like us! Ensure you know your dog’s behaviour when he gets excessively chilly. You may discover that a coat or some boots is exactly what they needs to enjoy the cold weather!


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