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Old 11-27-2017, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Taking Hog to Vet in Winter

It's -5c right now, and I have to take my hog to the vet. She is currently asleep in her cat carrying case with a blanket over her, and will be put into a car within a few seconds of going outside between home > Vet > Vet > home.

Is she going to be ok being exposed to that level of cold even for such a short amount of time? Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2017, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Short sentence: Yes, just have him covered in a blanket for safe measures

I have taken ZoZo to my work twice and to the vet all while it was cold out. Of course, he didn't appreciate it but I was carrying him in a blanket so he could hide in there away from the wind and he's at home now still awake and roaming around. I also suggest the blanket because you know how if they are in hibernation, you're supposed to warm them up by your body heat instead of shocking the nerves? I'd suggest keeping him away from wind for the same reason.

Though once, the blanket did unwrap from the wind, but he was still alright.
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For the winter, I put a handwarmer or other heat source in the carrier with them. Either in a pouch or wrapped so they don't end up directly against it. Big blanket to snuggle between multiple layers in the carrier as well, and blanket over the carrier, and pre-warm the car up before going out. With those precautions, they shouldn't feel the dip too much going between car & buildings.
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Old 11-28-2017, 01:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It worked out with blankets today, but turns out the hedgeness is trying to get porky! Little rascal, she isn't overweight yet but could be if she keeps being a piggy. She hasn't been getting treats lately, and I hear her wheeling a lot but maybe she's getting lazy after I fall asleep.
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