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.