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Dog and Puppy First Aid: Hypothermia

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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 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 hair dryer 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 is wrapped in a towel, can be used under the blanket to increase your dog’s temperature.

Frost bitten skin can be very painful and fragile. Transpor your dog with hypodermic related injuries IMMEDIATELY to the vet. DO NOT use lecctric heating pads, blnakets of unwrapped hot water bottles in any form