Hypothermia (low body temperature) can take hold rapidly and can be fatal if not treated urgently. As with humans, shivering is the first sign that a pet is cold, but this can stop if the body temperature drops too low. Pets can then become confused and subdued with pale or blue gums, and their breathing may become slow, shallow or irregular. Sean continues: “If you suspect your pet is suffering from hypothermia, make sure they are dry, then gradually raise their body temperature by placing them next to a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, or by using a hair dryer on a low heat. Hypothermia can be fatal so don’t ignore potential signs and call your vet for further advice immediately.”
PDSA’s winter safety advice: Cats and dogs · Dogs with fine hair and less natural protection (such as greyhounds) are more susceptible to the cold and should wear a suitable dog coat.
* Don’t leave cats and dogs outside without access to shelter and warmth.
· Never leave animals in cars or unheated conservatories and caravans, as the temperature can drop rapidly causing hypothermia. · Ensure your pet does not lie on frozen ground for a prolonged period. · Dogs that are very old or young, or those that are unwell, are less able to regulate their body temperature. They should not be outside in the cold for long periods.
* It is often a good idea to keep cats indoors during the dark winter nights, particularly if you live near a busy road. * Take your dog on shorter walks more often. If they get wet during cold weather, towel them dry as soon as you get home. * Protect your pet’s feet from ice, grit and salt by keeping the hair between their toes trimmed, and dry their feet after they’ve been outside. Special boots are available for dogs with particularly sensitive feet. * Be wary of icy river banks and frozen ponds, as dogs can easily fall in. So, let's say this in answering the question on whether dogs like snow….if you can keep them warm and offer them a dry place to shelter, it would appear that they do. Well, that's if THIS dog is anything to go by……..