A myth is a belief that something is true, even though there usually isn’t any proof to back up the claim. Nonetheless, people sometimes do believe a myth, especially if it seems reasonable. Unfortunately, some pet-related wintertime myths can be harmful to our four legged friends.
Fur Coats Protect Dogs and Cats from Cold
Northern dog breeds were developed to withstand harsh winter temperatures, but that doesn’t mean your pet Siberian Husky should live outside in the cold. A dog’s ability to endure winter weather depends on the thickness and condition of his coat, height of the dog, body fat, age, activity level and overall health. Smaller dogs and cats are more susceptible to colder temperatures because they are closer to the ground. No matter how thick a pet’s coat is, it doesn’t protect them from hypothermia or frostbite.
Dogs and cats are both at risk of developing frostbite on their nose, ears, tail and paw pads when left outside in freezing weather. If it’s too cold outside for you, it’s too cold for your dog or cat to stay out. A good rule of thumb to follow: if you are shivering when outdoors, your pet is probably ready to go inside, too.