Cold Emergencies (Hypothermia/Frostbite) in Pets | First Coast Veterinary

Cold Emergencies (Hypothermia/Frostbite)

Animal Emergency Care information

The Signs:

Shivering, lethargy, weakness, inability to use limbs.

Take Action:

Call a veterinarian immediately if you notice any of these signs.

If your pet is outdoors, bring them inside. Take a “baseline” temperature by using only an approved medical rectal thermometer. Normal temperature should be 100–102.5 degrees.

NEVER use an electric heating pad or blanket. Wrap your pet in a warm and dry blanket, towel, or clothing. Do not “rub” your pet with any material, if there is damaged tissue, you may make any frostbit skin worse.

Try to raise your pet’s body temperature slowly. You may use warm water bottles wrapped in towels to raise your pet’s body temperature, avoid all direct skin contact. If an area of skin is discolored (bluish or pale), this body part or skin may have been frozen and is showing signs of frostbite. Transport your animal to the nearest animal emergency hospital.


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