Wow! We are entering the last month of the upland bird hunting season. As we get older, the calendar speeds up and our body slows down. Oh, how we wish we could reverse that process. No such luck!
Since January is traditionally the coldest month of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss the effects of extreme cold and winter weather conditions, not only on our dogs, but us as well.
It occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. The normal range of body temperature in dogs is between 101 and 102.5 degrees F. In humans the range is 97.6 to 99.6 degrees F. When the body heat consistently falls below that range, hypothermia can occur. It can go from mild to severe depending on how far below the normal range.
• Constant exposure to wind chill in freezing weather especially if raining or snowing
• Exposure to cold or icy water conditions
• Stupor or incoherency
• Unconsciousness or coma
Actions to Take:
• Warm your dog or yourself up
• Return to your vehicle
• Build a fire to produce heat
• Vigorously rub your dog all over with a dry towel
• Wrap yourself and/or your dog in a blanket
Getting out of the cold or extreme conditions as quickly as possible is paramount. Hypothermia can cause damage to internal organs because adequate blood flow is not maintained.
Remember, your dog will keep on going no matter what the conditions may be. It is our responsibility to watch out for their safety.
Stop by again next month when we will discuss how and what to do during the off season. Until then, have a Happy New Year and a great 2020!