As your mother probably once warned, spending time outdoors in inclement weather could cause you to catch a cold. Is the same true for dogs? Here, whether or not walking in the rain can get a dog sick will be discussed.
Just like humans, dogs can suffer from a weakened immune system when bad weather lowers their defenses. Dogs that are especially young, old, or already suffer from a poor immune system are especially at risk for catching cold in bad weather. The biggest concern, however, is hypothermia, which can occur when a dog’s body temperature drops to abnormally low levels. The combination of wind, rain, and cold weather causes this condition. If left untreated, hypothermia can be dangerous.
Symptoms of Hypothermia
Symptoms of mild hypothermia include shivering, weakness, and lack of mental alertness. Moderate and severe symptoms include muscle stiffness, low blood pressure, slow breathing, decreased heart rate, difficulty breathing, and coma.
What to Do if Your Dog Has Hypothermia
If you suspect your dog has hypothermia, you should assess whether your dog’s condition is mild, moderate, or severe. In all cases, the dog’s core body temperature must be brought back to a safe level, such as through use of blankets or heating pads. In moderate and severe cases, medical treatment should be sought to ensure properly functioning organs.
Pet owners can prevent hypothermia in their dogs by limiting exposure to cold and wet weather. When going outside in poor conditions is inevitable, rain jackets, sweaters, and dog parkas can be used to maintain the dog’s core body temperature. Owners of dogs that are greatest risk for developing hypothermia should take extra precautions with their pets by thoroughly drying their coats after coming inside from the rain.
Overall, walking a dog in the rain does not inherently cause a dog to become sick. However, dog owners should understand that certain animals may be at risk of developing a cold or hypothermia, especially animals that are young, old, or have compromised immune systems.
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The City of Toronto turned green for St. Patricks Day or should I say St Pawtricks Day! Pups all across the great city of Toronto got into the spirit of the Irish and wore green with pride. Being actually an Irish hooman in Toronto with my Irish doggie Holly I was so proud to see all the pups embrace Paddy’s Day and become Irish for the day!
Toronto Dogs are already known to be pawsome pups but wow they took St Pawtricks Day to the next level. Here are some of our favourites from the City!
Brandy The Menace – Sparkling in a Green Bowtie
Billiebootspwd pulling off the Irish look in style!
Onyx-Sheepadoodle seriously has Irish in her partying it up!
Banjoishernameo summing up the feeling of being Irish for the day
Mumford beeming with pride to be an Irish doggo
Luther styling to perfection
Oliver is an Irish Charm
Versace – Anyone missing a Leprechaun?
Logan found the pot of gold!
Atti & Pixel the cutest of luckiest charms I ever did see!
And the most Irish looking doggo goes to Manny!
Pet owners know that the healthiest dogs are one that are exercised daily. However, what is the best course of action when the weather is bad? Is it safe to walk a dog in the rain? Here, factors that affect the safety of your dog during a rainstorm will be discussed.
When your dog has to potty, sometimes there are no alternatives other than to go outside. However, lightning can be dangerous for both dogs and humans. For many dogs – especially smaller ones – getting struck by lightning can even be fatal. Keep time spent outdoors in storms to a minimum. If your dog is ever struck by lightning, seek medical help immediately.
Part of the fun of a rainstorm is jumping through puddles – something that few water-loving dogs can resist. However, when walking your dog in an urban area these puddles can be full of toxins and debris that you would rather your dog avoid, such as motor oil. Never allow your dog to drink from puddles during rainstorms, and avoid walking through puddles if possible.
For small dogs, short haired dogs, and those without water resistant fur, rain and cold weather can lead to sickness. Small, young, and elderly dogs should be properly protected from the cold and rain with a raincoat or an umbrella. Your dog can get sick from walking in the rain, know the signs. Learn more here.
After Walking in the Rain
Following a walk in the rain (particularly when the weather is chilly) it is important to dry off your dog completely. If the weather is cold, keep your dog away from drafts after a walk and consider putting a sweater on your dog or wrapping him or her in blankets to raise core body temperature.
Ultimately, walking your dog in the rain is not dangerous in and of itself. However, there are certain considerations that must be made to ensure your dog is as safe as possible. In many instances, when the weather is poor your dog will instinctively want to stay inside. When going outside is necessary, make sure you follow these tips to keep your dog safe!
Does your dog like walking in the rain? Let us know!