Your dog's ears are an indicator of his health and body temperature. Questions like if you have to cover the dogs to sleep or if you have to put a coat on them, their ears will be able to answer. Each dog, depending on his fur and breed, has a determined resistance to low temperatures, knowing yours will prevent having him contracting a case of hypothermia.
If the body heat of your dog decreases, his heart can stop, so you have to worry a lot about this issue. Remember that you have our vets online for everything you need, but if you suspect that your dog is suffering from hypothermia, rush to your veterinarian.
The first clue that your dog is frozen, although it seems obvious, is to check the temperature of the environment. If it's really cold, your dog will be cold too. The normal thing would be to have the dog breeds living in suitable environments for them, for example, that a Husky lived in cold climates, since he has no problems with it. But the truth is that, since the furry ones have become 'things to buy', animals that are not prepared for certain extreme climates have to get used to living in them.
If you have adopted a puppy that is not used to the cold, they should tell you this in the shelter where you got him. You will have to be very aware of the symptoms, which will manifest in his ears and legs. These are two crucial areas of their anatomy because they have little fur and are very exposed.
Ideally, day by day, get used to hug your friend, to brush his hair to remove the dead strands, and prevent him from getting dandruff, etc. When you're doing it, touch his body and torso to know what his body temperature is in a normal situation. This will help you identify that, in fact, his ears and legs are cold or that he has a fever.
If they are freezing, your dog will have a hard time on your daily walk. Other symptoms that your friend might show at the beginning of hypothermia are at his skin. Pull his hair out and touch it; is it tight and dry? The cold dries up the skin a lot. Anyway, this test is not final because if your friend does not drink enough water it will also have this skin condition as well.
What does indicate without doubt that there is a serious problem is when he has the combination of cold ears and tremors. These can also appear if he has a bowel problem or if he is weak from vomiting; however if he is healthy, they will be saying that he is very cold. If you go out to the street with him and you see that he trembles, go back home, increase the heating a little (not too much), and wait for him to recover the temperature.
If you have a special dog dryer, you can use it to quickly get him warm. Do not give him a bath of hot water. Whenever you bathe your dog do so with warm water.
If the problem of tremors is accompanied with the dog suddenly not walking or doing it awkwardly, what is really happening is that the cold of the street is damaging his pads, lowering his body temperature even more, and making him suffer.
If the hypothermia is serious, to all these symptoms will be added that your friend will be lethargic; very sleepy. The good thing is that before that, your dog will give you many clues.
If you are reading this and you are worried about how to know when he may be cold or not, the first thing you have to do is get more information about his race. Leave a query to our online veterinarians, tell us his race and age and we will give you all the tips you need to always keep him warm and comfortable.
We will also inform you about what models of warm clothes he can use. Anyway, although we have indicated that cold ears and the tremors may be due to the cold, this is only the most common case. These two symptoms are as generic as a person's headache. Whenever you ask us your question, give us all the possible clues for us to be able to know if it is about cold or another type of problem.