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Do you think your dog may be cold in winter but don't know how to tell for certain? There are some obvious signs that tell you if your pet is cold, so pay more attention when it's cold to see if your dog needs more heat. Like you would for yourself, you should take extra care of your dog during winter since the low temperature may make them ill. At OneHowTo we give you some guidelines on how to tell if your dog is cold so you can give them the care they need.

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The first thing to remember is that dogs are animals that protect themselves from the cold with their fur and also a layer of fat below their skin. But sometimes, this coat is not enough to stop them from feeling cold and they need other care that you can provide.

You should also know that not all dogs have the same coat so they are not all protected in the same way. Short-haired dogs like Chihuahuas, for example, don't have much protection from the cold. Small breeds or puppies are also animals that you must take extra special care of to make sure your dog is not cold.


But if you want to know if your dog is cold you just need to watch how your dog acts, especially when outdoors where the conditions are generally colder and it can affect you dog more. Signs that your dog is cold are:

  • Trembling: if you notice that when you go outside or if you've been out for a while, your dog trembles or shakes it may be due to the cold. Try to take them to places where it isn't too windy or keep your walks shorter. However, there are several reasons why your dog shivers.
  • Sleepiness: if you notice that your dog is more tired, sleeping a lot or is constantly sleepy it may be because they are cold.
  • Slow breathing: this is also another sign that your dog is cold. If you notice that their breathing is slow, they may be cold so cover them up and look after them.
  • Slow mobility: another way to know if your pet is cold is to check if their movements are increasingly slow, clumsy and their body seems stiff. When a dog is cold, their muscles will be stiff to try to combat the temperature.
  • Dry skin: if the area around their nose is dry or if their skin is dry it may be because their body is not handling the temperature very well.

Sometimes, especially in small dogs, hiccups can be a sign that they are feeling cold.

If you notice that certain parts of their body are numb it is important that you alleviate their pain by giving them a massage which warms them up and gets their blood circulating. If the area does not improve, take them immediately to a vet.


It is important to recognize the above signs otherwise your dog, like any other living being, can become ill. Fever, restlessness or even hypothermia are the most common consequences of an animal suffering from the cold, so you know what to do: take good care of them and try to keep them somewhere warm. At OneHowTo we give you some tips on how to tell if your dog has a fever.


As you've seen it is very important to prevent your dog from feeling cold and to do this, you have to remember some key tips that will help you to look after your dog better. Above all, you must remember these tips during cold weather (when it is winter or when you're away for the weekend in a colder place). You just have to be more considerate of your pet when you are in cold places.

What can you do to protect your pet from the cold?

  • Make sure your home is warm and that the place where your dog normally sleeps has blankets and is close to a radiator. Avoid putting them in the garden or outside to sleep at all costs even if you have a small house. Remember they can also feel the cold. Take a look at these tips on how to keep a dog warm outside for more information on the subject.
  • It is also important to pay close attention to your dog's diet during cold weather. The more calories and nutrients they eat, the more energy they will have to naturally protect themselves against the cold.
  • In winter don't take them to your dog groomer. Let their long hair keep them warm and instead, take them to the groomer coming into spring or the warmer seasons.
  • Another way to make sure your dog is not too cold is to buy some clothing especially for them. It's more than just a fad, canine clothing is perfect to cover up our pet and take them out for a walk without them getting too cold.
  • Make sure that you don't take them out for a walk too early in the morning or too late at night because it is much colder during these times. It is best to take them out for a walk when it's sunny or in the early hours of the evening.
  • If it is raining a day, it's best to wait until the rain stops before going out for a walk. If it doesn't stop raining, take your dog out but when you get home, dry them with a towel to take off the rain off their coat.

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This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to a vet if it has any type of condition or pain.


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