Causes Of Hypothermia In Dogs

The normal body temperature of dogs ranges from 101-102.5F. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature fall below normal levels. The condition can be classified as mild (90 - 99°F/32 - 35°C), moderate (82 - 90°F /28 - 32°C), or severe (less than 82°F/28°C). Hypothermia may be brought about by the following conditions: 

  • The body’s inability to produce heat normally which can be caused by certain drugs, illness, or injury
  • When there is exposure to very cold conditions
  • Smaller animals are more susceptible because they have a high surface area to body mass ratio
  • Senior pets are more prone to hypothermia because their body’s ability to produce heat is gradually deteriorating as a result of aging. 
  • The thermoregulatory mechanism of newborn puppies is still developing thus making them more susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Disease of the hypothalamus
  • Hypothyroidism

Early diagnosis and treatment is your pet’s chance of recovering from hypothermia and not suffering any lingering side effects. Take your pet to the nearest best vet clinic Murrieta, CA if you notice signs of hypothermia.


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