Time to put some layers on?

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Uh, it’s cold outside. This week temperatures got real low and out vizsla was freezing his butt off. I never thought I’ll be dressing my own dog, it seemed silly to me once – but our short-coated tawny tail doesn’t cope well with frigid temperatures. So our VizslaTea coat came in mail just in time. After getting used to it, Oto now loves it and when it’s cold, he clearly prefers going out with it on. I also believe he knows how handsome he looks by the admiring (and treats) he gets when wearing it. I can’t help myself! Anyway, let’s get serious …

When is it too cold and how to act?

Last winter, I soon realised it was actually too cold for him outside, when he would stop walking, nervously hold up a paw and shiver when sitting. Nothing like that happened when he was free to run and goof around in the woods or in parks, it was our slow morning walk on the leash, that didn’t warm his body up enough. The lesson was learned.

Short-coated dogs with no undercoat, like a vizsla is, could get cold fast – but there’s really no rule. Some dogs might simply feel the cold more than others. So when outside, pay attention to your dog and look for signs like: whining and shivering, refusing to move, play or eat, geting fearful (trying to climb up your leg to be held), looking for a heaven etc. It’s also a general rule that healthy and active dogs are more able to tolerate cold temperatures, and that’s what we all want for our furry friends to be. So keep your pups warm and enjoy the winter!

 

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