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What temperatures can my dog survive in if it is outside during winter?

According to Jarrett Small Animal Clinic, small hairless dogs such as a Chihuahua can bear 32 degrees for about an hour if sheltered, but health problems may occur if left in those temperatures for a longer period of time. Sheltered dogs with long hair shouldn't be left in temperatures that are 0 degrees or below for more than an hour. Midge Grinstead, Lawrence Humane Society director, said outdoor dogs should have an elevated, six-sided kennel that contains hay or straw. She also suggests that plenty of food and water be available. She said dogs may eat snow for hydration, which makes them colder.


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