Outdoor Pet Houses - Climate RightPets, like their owners, are affected by the changing seasons, and if your pet stays outdoors, this is especially true. If you have a puppy, older dog, or dogs with diseases that make them more sensitive to temperature, you should bring them inside if you can.

Even dogs without these risk factors are still in danger from cold. Preventing hypothermia and frostbite requires a warm, dry outdoor pet house. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) has a few other tips for keeping your pet safe during winter:

Watch for signs of distress.

  • Hypothermia is caused by extended exposure to the cold, and it can be life-threatening. The signs to watch for include: shivering, shallow breathing, weak pulse, and lethargy.

  • Frostbite causes tissue to die, and for a dog, it most often affects the paws, ears, scrotum, and tail. It can occur under fur, make sure you check underneath and look for discolored skin, swelling, and blisters.

Provide clean, dry bedding and food.