When the weather is chilly and icy out we often wonder if our outdoor pets are cold. While it is true that dogs and cats have fur coats that insulate them from extreme weather they can still become stressed and unhealthy due to the weather. Older and younger animals especially are prone to stress during extreme weather. The amount of cold or heat an animal can take depends on the animals comfort zone due to the environment they live in.
The steps below will work to check your dog or cat to see if the body temperature is chilled or not. Once you have determined if your pet is chilled you can adjust the environment to make your pet more comfortable.
- First feel your dog or cat’s ears and see if they feel abnormally cold. The ear is a good indicator of the animals body temperature.
- Next, place your hand between the leg and body at the arm pit or leg pit in the case of our four legged friends. This is the best place to get an accurate reading of the animal’s body temperature. A cold pit will tell you that the animal is too cold.
- The third place to check is the stomach by placing your palm against the animals belly.
By checking all three areas you can come to a conclusion on the condition of the temperature of your pet’s body.
This morning we were informed of a confirmed outbreak of Kennel Cough (AKA Bordatella) in this area. Please be aware and pay close attention to your dog and his/her behavior. The most noticeable symptom of Bordatella is the cough. It sounds like a hacking cough, as if something were stuck in the dog’s throat. Another symptom can be lethargic behavior.
Should you hear any coughing from your dog, you should contact your vet. Dog’s that have received the Bordatella vaccination are not immune to K-Cough, however the vaccination does virtually eliminate the possibility of progression into pneumonia. You should still be on the lookout for symptoms even if your dog has the K-Cough vaccine.
We appreciate your help in keeping 4 Paws Academy a safe, healthy, and clean environment for your dogs. Again, if you see any symptoms, take your dog to your vet and please allow them two weeks recovery time they need before attending any 4 Pawsm programs.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
-The 4 Paws Crew