Along with November in Montana comes bitter cold winter weather.  If it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pet.  Please give your pets shelter this winter and check their water regularly to make sure it isn’t frozen.  If you see your pet with the following symptoms, get him/her to a warm, dry place IMMEDIATELY:

  • shivering;
  • lethargy;
  • muscle stiffness;
  • lack of co-ordination;
  • low heart and breathing rates;
  • fixed and dilated pupils;
  • collapse;
  • coma

You can prevent hypothermia in your pet by practicing the following:

  • don’t leave your pet outside for long periods of time without letting him/her have access to a warm dry shelter;
  • if you do take your pet out for exercise during cold weather try to do it little and often and consider investing in a coat and booties for your pet;
  • be particularly wary if your pet gets wet whilst you are out walking as the wind chill factor can cool him down much more quickly than you think (consider taking a towel with you on your walk so you can dry your pet off as you’re walking); and
  • if your pet is sensitive to the cold only take him outside when he/she needs to relieve themselves.

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