Handy Chart Tells You When It’s Too Cold to Walk Your Dog

Dogs have built-in fur coats, but they still get cold during their winter walks. Even if Fido isn’t hiding whenever you pull out the leash, you should still determine your dog’s tolerance for snowy romps based on factors like size and breed. The folks at Fetch pet insurance company have come up with a handy chart that determines how canines respond to weather conditions, depending on their build. Before taking your 4-legged friend outside, always check the temperature first — including the wind chill factor — and then reference the chart to gauge whether your dog can safely withstand the elements. Small-to-medium dogs face cold weather risks like hypothermia and frostbite when temperatures dip below 40º F, while larger dogs can tough it out for a bit longer. However, all pet owners should exercise caution and keep walks brief once the thermometer reaches 30º F. Canine accessories like sweaters and booties can prolong emergency bathroom strolls, and tiny pet shoes protect vulnerable paws from sidewalk chemicals like antifreeze.