Keeping your pet safe during the winter is more difficult of a task than it might seem. Here is a quick dog winter survival guide to help you out!
Research and Purchase Appropriate Dog Clothing
Dog breeds vary in terms of dog fur and dog hair. With that in mind, make sure to do some digging on how well your particular dog breed performs in the snow and the cold weather. You certainly don't want your dog to be freezing! We might be able to help with our article 'Does your dog really need to wear a coat this Winter?'
In most cases, what you would need to do is purchase appropriate dog clothing to keep your dog warm.
If your pet is having trouble playing in the snow, it might be because it's paws are not made for the cold weather. If your dog has long fur it's advised to trim the hair between their toes and around their feet, this stops them from getting ice clumps and causing discomfort. Dog boots also exist. Don't forget to buy your pet some boots to let it have the best and cheerful winter experience it deserves, they can also be a life saver. In this cold weather, us humans use salt and antifreeze to keep our paths safe. Unfortunately, this means are dogs are walking in it and we all know our pups love to lick their paws which means a mouthful of salt or antifreeze - boots mean your dogs paws are kept safe and dry.
Eating Snow is a no-go!
Dogs are playful creatures and when they see something new and interesting, their first instinct is usually to eat it. And as cute and harmless as it might seem, eating snow is a definite no-go!
The first reason for this is the small pieces of rubbish that might be covered by it. Glass, metal and other harmful materials might be a paw away from harming your dog.
What's more, one of the worst scenarios during the winter is for your dog to end up eating antifreeze. It's common for dogs when playing around and eating snow they end up coming in touch with chemicals, oil and antifreeze that has leaked out of vehicles.
Avoid Ice at All Cost
A little less obvious, ice is as slippery for dogs as it is for humans. Make sure to avoid any icy areas in your neighbourhood when walking your pet and if this is not possible, remember to walk slowly and always keep your dog on a leash. Avoid frozen lakes or ponds as you don't know how thick the ice is and it could easily crack, it's best to keep your dog on the lead around these areas.
The Dog Park is your Best Friend
Depending on the weather and the area you are in, a better option might be taking your dog to the park and walking it once you are there. Usually, parks that allow dogs are cleaned more regularly and thus hazards, such as ice or rubbish covered by the snow, should not be as common. Always keep an eye on your dog, just in case.
Finally, it's important you have a great time with your pooch this Winter. Although some of the above seems a little over cautious, it's still important to give your dog the exercise it needs.
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