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This Easy-to-Read Chart Tells You When It’s Too Cold to Walk Your Dog

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As a lot of the country suffers through a brutally cold winter, it’s important to remember that our furry friends need some extra care as well. Even though they have built-in fur coats, dogs can still get cold when temperatures plunge.

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That’s why it’s important to know when it’s too cold to take your canine best friend for a long walk around the block. Veterinarian Dr. Kim Smyth created a handy chart that shows pet owners when it’s just too cold to take dogs outside. Smyth used dog size and breed, as well as temperature and wind chill, to come up with her recommendations.

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Small and medium-sized dogs can potentially suffer frostbite and hypothermia when it’s as warm as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Larger dogs are obviously better suited for colder weather, but you still have to be careful with them. And don’t laugh at those accessories like sweaters and dog shoes; they’ll help your dog stay warmer longer, and the boots can help protect their paws from chemicals like antifreeze.

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Consult this chart to keep your pooches safe and healthy this winter, and pay attention to your dog’s behavior when it is outside. If it starts shivering, hypothermia might be setting in and it’s time to go back inside!

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h/t: Mental Floss