The threshold for when it's too cold to walk your dog may differ depending on a dog's coat, size or age.
Wintertime leaves many pet owners with a quandary: How can their dog get the outdoor activity they need in such cold weather? Is it even safe to walk them, or is it possible for temperatures to be too low for a dog to enjoy time outdoors safely?
In order to spare your pup the sting of too-cold temperatures, we created this handy chart based on a set of guidelines drawn up by experts at Tufts University. This color-coded graphic displays how risky the winter weather can be for dogs of all different sizes. It even takes into account whether conditions are wet in addition to being cold.
It could definitely be helpful to print this out and tack it up someplace where it’ll be easy to consult before heading outside on chilly days.
Below are some other tips that can help keep your dog safe when they’re outside in winter: