Is Your Chihuahua Warm Enough?
If you are lucky enough to live in sunny California or somewhere else where it never gets below 50 degrees even in the winter, you probably won’t have to worry about your Chihuahua freezing. But, in my part of the world, it gets pretty darn cold in the winter. As I write this it is 25 degrees outside with a “feels like” temperature of 20 and freezing rain expected today and tomorrow.
Here are some tips for keeping your pooch warm and comfy when it’s too cold for any mammal to be outside. Chihuahuas are especially susceptible to cold weather.
First things first. Has your Chi had his wellness exam with the vet? You should have them checked at least once a year (twice is better) to look for any problems that may be preventable. When the weather is very cold it can make some medical conditions worse, arthritis being the first one that comes to my mind. Your vet can help suggest things that can help keep him/her more comfortable during cold weather.
Know Their Limits
It’s true that long haired Chis don’t get cold as quickly as the short-haired variety, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get cold. I think sometimes we mistakenly assume that since dogs have fur, they’re not as susceptible to the cold as people. Remember too that Chihuahua’s are close to the ground and it’s colder down there (remember from science class, cold air falls). If your dog has diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or hormonal imbalances it may be harder for their little bodies to regulate their body temperature. The same is true for very young pups and our senior dogs.
Provide warm resting places
Your Chi may look for a warmer place to sleep during the day, make sure they have that choice. Provide places they can rest that are warm and cozy. Dogs like to burrow under things, especially when they are cold. Make sure they have a comfortable bed with a blanket or one they can burrow into.
Chihuahuas belong in the house. Never leave your Chi outside. Go out with them when they potty so you know they’re not out too long. As I said before, they are closer to the ground, so it’s always a good idea to have a couple of sweaters on hand and a coat when you take them out.
They still need exercise, so find ways to keep them engaged and active in the house.
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