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Understanding Hypothermia in Pets: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Causes of Hypothermia

Hypothermia in pets can arise from various factors:

  • Prolonged Exposure to Cold Water: Pets may become hypothermic after spending too long in cold water.
  • Extended Outdoor Exposure in Winter: Pets left outside during snowy conditions can also develop hypothermia.
  • Shock-Induced Hypothermia: Shock can lead to a decrease in blood volume, causing a sudden drop in body temperature.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Recognising hypothermia symptoms in pets is crucial for timely intervention:

  • Shivering and Coldness: Pets may exhibit shivering and signs of extreme coldness.
  • Lethargy and Weakness: Hypothermic pets may become lethargic and weak due to decreased body temperature.

Treatment and Warming Methods

If you suspect hypothermia in your pet, follow these steps for safe and effective treatment:

  • Gradual Warming: Avoid rapid temperature changes and gradually warm up your pet with blankets or by holding them close.
  • Remove from Cold Environment: If your pet has been exposed to cold water or snow, move them to a warmer area.