If you notice the following signs in your pet, keep them warm and get to an emergency vet for treatment:

  • Strong shivering and trembling followed by no shivering
  • Acting sleepy or lethargic and weak
  • Fur and skin are cold to the touch
  • Body temperature is below 95 degrees (Fahrenheit)
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Dilated pupils (the black inner circle of the eye appears larger)
  • Gums and inner eyelids are pale or blue
  • Trouble walking
  • Trouble breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness, or coma

 

If you suspect your pet has hypothermia, take the following steps:

  • Remove your pet from the cold and put them in a warm room.
  • Dry off your pet thoroughly either with towels or a hair dryer set on low and held about twelve inches away.
  • Wrap your pet in a blanket. Warm it in the clothes dryer first.
  • Wrap warm hot-water bottles in towels (to prevent burning your pet) and place on pet’s abdomen.
  • Heating pads can be used if your dog is dry, but supervise them so they don’t chew at the cords.
  • Allow your dog to drink warm fluids.
  • Check the pet’s temperature with a thermometer.

If your pet’s temperature is below 95 degrees, they could be at risk for hypothermia. Take them to a vet immediately.