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    See that's the thing, I'm from Qld and so are both my dogs.
    I never even thought about warming meals up when i was there. I remember some days in summer draping wet towels over Kodi to help her stay cool.

    We've had ice on the car windscreens here already and it won't be long before we start to see snow on the mountains around us.

    I have found that Kodi will tuck into her food more readily if it's a little bit warmer.

    By the comments i've received i'm guessing that not too many people warm their dogs food up which is fair enough. I guess i'm probably spoiling them a bit but i just hate to see them out in the cold with their breath coming out as steam and being served up a bowl of food that's not far above freezing temperature.

    I was just interested in knowing if anyone else did the same.
    Thankyou everyone for your replies.
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    tkandz, I'd be bringing their food up to blood temp if you are feeding them outdoors in Tassie. It's bl**dy freezing there! I've been there in all seasons many times since my bro moved there 30 odd years ago.
    If your dogs are lolling indoors in front of the fire then the temp of their food won't matter too much.

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    I don't warm Misha's food because I live in a warmer climate and she is an indoor dog, very different to Tassie outdoors

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    Nope - hot is likely to come back at speed (though she does eat it again when it cools off).

    Rotten and maggot infested causes the runs. I'll never forget the time she decided to dig up and eat an old meaty bone. Bleah.

    Really given she may well have come from some outback camp up north - her stomach is not very robust.

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    I probably should of clarified that they are generally inside most of the time. I leave the backdoor open all the time so they can come in and out as they please. Most of the time they are curled up on the couch.
    I just feed them outside because they make a mess when they eat so they have a bed each out there to eat their dinner on.
    The only problem with this set up is the fact that the house is bloody freezing all the time because of the door being open.
    Personally i don't mind being cold, i'll just put a blanket on me and snuggle up, the dogs also have their own blankets which i put on them if they're cold.
    The OH on the other hand is a born and bred Tasmanian and sooks about the cold all the time.

    Just didn't want anyone thinking i leave my dogs out in the cold. They also sleep inside at night.
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    Maybe do what makes you feel good, I doubt the dogs will care LOL. We have frost here and it doesnt deter the dogs from tucking into a frozen bone.

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    We live in the mts and it gets cold and frosty in winter. No way I would be leaving the door open all the time! We have a dog door at the back. He is only inside if we are (outside while we r at wk etc), and sleeps outside on the deck in his kennel overnight (from 11ish to 7ish).
    I do put a dog coat on him overnight in deep winter.

    I think a 15sec zap in the microwave to take the chill off the food is a fine idea.

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    I'm in QLD and it still gets to about 2 degrees in winter, I remember last winter our apparent temp got to like -7 or something stupid like that.. not fun when you start work outside at 3am I don't warm up any bones for the dogs in case they splinter but in winter I do give them fresh cooked (warm) pasta or rice or warmed up oats. Meika is a real sucker in winter, she gives you the puppy dog eyes while shivering so I just can't give her anything that is a temperature I wouldn't enjoy

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    Used to get some ripper freezes in Canberra, but also out in the desert in July. I've got some pix somewhere of frost on my swag. Canberra would get so cold -8 or worse, that the traffic lights in some places would sieze and fail to function.

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    In the winter I bring the dogs food to room temp and in the summer they get it frozen. I have heard that eating cold food in the cold drops their core temp

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