BLANKET NOSES WEBWhile Australia is shivering through the coldest temperatures in decades, the nation’s most trusted pet company PetSafe® is urging dog owners to bring their pets inside during the cold winter months.
 
“Dogs feel the cold just like we do, even more so if they have never experienced such cold temperatures before”, comments PetSafe® Australia Senior Marketing Specialist Zarqa Ali, “We are urging pet owners for the safety of their pets to please consider bringing them inside at night; while these temperatures are so cold; to help them avoid hypothermia”.  
Hypothermia can be deadly for dogs with the most vulnerable being the young, elderly, sick, short haired, short legged or Toy breeds. 
 
“Once a dog starts to show signs of hypothermia it can progress fast and can be hard to treat, so please consider bringing them inside at least at night time”. 
 
SLEEPY DOG WEBSigns of a dog in distress due to the cold can include: 
 
· Whining or barking
 
· Anxiety or acting fearful 
 
· Weakness 
 
· Shallow, slow breathing 
 
· Shivering 
 
· Standing still /not moving 
 
· Hiding or trying to get under or behind things 
 
PetSafe® Australia are urging the public to take their dog to the vet immediately if they are showing any signs that are concerning. But also to keep their fur pals indoors where possible because if you are feeling the cold, so are they. 
 
Veterinarian, Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc says, “Hypothermia is a serious problem in cold countries and can be seen even in relatively mild winters. The effects are again seen predominantly in the very young and old individuals. Cold can be the biggest cause of young puppy deaths, particularly if they get chilled during the first days of life.”
 
“Signs of hypothermia are: reluctance to move, cold to the touch, lack of a shiver reflex, pale gums with a slow capillary refill (when the gums are pressed the colour takes quite some time to return, whereas normally this is a very fast reflex), and cold extremities.”
 
Dr Hedberg BVSc says, “Any cold or chilled dogs should be gradually warmed up and given small amounts of brandy (as it acts as a heart stimulant) and glucose on the gums. Wrap the dog in wool, not synthetics, as wool retains the heat much better. Severe chilling can take some time to reverse. Gently turn the dog over every 10-15 minutes, massage the legs and stimulate the circulation. After effects of hypothermia include pneumonia, so an examination and treatment by your vet, once the dog is fit to be moved, can be a necessity.
 
Extracts taken from - The Dog Owner's Manual - Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc