COLD WEATHER PRECAUTIONS FOR German Shepherd Dogs
Wetter Vorsichtsmaßnahmen für Deutsche Schäferhunde
and Hypothermia in German Shepherd Dogs
und Unterkühlung in Deutsche Schäferhunde
care is a must!
cold weather can be hard on dogs. If your German Shepherd Dog is used
to being inside, then being outside for an extended period of time
can affect them. If your German Shepherd Dogs is an outdoor dog be
sure there is an enclosed shelter that can keep him from the harsh
winter elements. A dog house with straw or blankets is very helpful.
Keep in mind that a longer haired German Shepherd Dogs can do better
than a shorter haired German Shepherd Dogs in cold weather.
It is also a good idea to keep an extra eye on older arthritic German
Shepherd Dogs. The cold and ice can be harmful.
temperature below 20 degrees can be harmful to a German Shepherd Dogs
without any shelter for an extended period of time. Just as extreme
hot weather is harmful, the extreme cold is also harmful. If you know
that the temperature is going to be in the sub degrees, please bring
your German Shepherd Dogs inside for the night.
Shepherd Dogs can get frostbite on their ears, paws and tails. Ice
crystals can form in the skin tissue of their extremities. Frostbite
may not be noticeable for several days. If frostbite is suspected,
warm your GS but do not rub him, and then take him to the vet.
can occur in German Shepherd Dogs when they have been outside for an
extended period of time in extreme cold. Mild cases of hypothermia
are shivering, lethargy, depression and weakness. Severe cases where
the hypothermia has progressed signs will be stiffness with heart and
breathing rates slowing and there is no response to stimuli. In these
cases, warm your German
Shepherd Dogs and immediately take him to the vet.
care is a must!
Shepherd Dog puppies are more sensitive to coldness than their
adults. House training your German Shepherd Dogs puppy during the
winter may therefore be more difficult. Paper train till warmer
a fatty acid supplement to your German Shepherd Dogs diet several
weeks before cold weather comes will help the coat and skin.
Increased food supply will help with thick healthy coats. This is
very helpful for outdoor German Shepherd Dogs or German Shepherd Dogs
who have longer outdoor activities.