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What Temp Can California Dogs Endure Outside?
2MuttLover2 posted:
My neighbor has an expensive "trophy dog" which is condemned to the outdoor patio outside of my bedroom window. She is not trained & barks constantaly. However, I am concerned that the temps have been between the low 40 to 30 degrees. Isn't there a limit to where it's too cold for her to be outside, especially after 10 PM! I live in a Condo Association where the Board needs documentation. I heard a news story last night, stating in part - "With the unseasonally low temps, dogs should be brought indoors at night."
Home2strays responded:
call your local humane society or animal services and see what they say or if they can issue a warning to your neighbor
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi 2Muttlover 2,

Dogs and cats can get frost bite too, and freezing occurs as 32 degrees F. Also, water bowls can freeze. Dogs should have something like a kennel where they can be sheltered from the wind.

I would think that a barking dog in a condo area would require some notice let alone leaving it out in all kinds of weather. As suggested you could call your local animal control.

Thanks for caring,

Dr. Sandy
rockjdog responded:
Animal control will educate the owner and that is about it.

You will still be stuck with watching the dog bark and stay stuck outside.There is really nothing an ACO will do for you.

Before you call animal control you may want to contact the breed group. Most of them have rescues and a volunteer may go with you to speak with this owner. Often a person experienced with the breed may be able to lend authority.

Also you can speak with the neighbor yourself. State you do not want to cause problems with the condo board so you want to work out a solution between you. Do not say you know how to better care for the dog or criticize they way care for the animal. Just simply explain your concerns about the cold and the barking.
If none of the above approaches work then call your condo board.
Animal control should be your last choice because of the limits of the laws and also that fact that animal control is so under-funded and under trained.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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