Dog And Puppy First Aid: Hypothermia

Please note: Information in this post is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian in an emergency.

Please NEVER leave a dog outside during cold weather. Letting them out to play and potty while supervised is acceptable. Even dogs with heavy coats like Huskies and Malamutes can develop cold-related injuries and frostbite. The FBI now considers animal cruelty a Class A felony please report any cruelty that you witness to your local law enforcement agency, humane organization, animal control agency, or taxpayer-funded animal shelter.

From VSC Pet First Aid

Move your pet into a warm place and rap them in a blanket or towel. DO NOT rub your dog vigorously as this can damage the cold tissue and make the frostbite worse. If your dog is wet and cold, a hairdryer on the warm setting can be used with caution. Try to raise your dogs’ body temperature slowly over 30-60 minutes. Warm water bottles that are wrapped in a towel, can be used under the blanket to increase your dog’s temperature.

Frostbitten skin can be very painful and fragile. Transport your dog with hypodermic related injuries IMMEDIATELY to the vet. DO NOT use electric heating pads, blankets of unwrapped hot water bottles in any form

Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions