5 Tips In Walking Your Dog In The Cold & Snow

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It’s finally here. The dreaded snow with a wind chill temperature to boot! As you prepare to take your dog for a frosty walk; here are are 5 tips to consider as you both embrace the snowy cold weather.

 

Dress For The Weather

I am at my first walk of the day. We received over a foot of snow the day before & the temperature with the wind chill is 11 degrees. I look like the Michelin tire mascot all bundled in fleece, snow pants, boots & a lined hooded winter coat! The 2 small dogs who are eagerly waiting for me are suitably attired in their coats as well. If you have a small breed dog (such as a Chihuahua) or a short furred dog; be very mindful how quickly they can feel the cold. The closer the dog is to the ground the more intense the temperature can feel. A bigger, long furred dog can handle the weather for a little longer time period. If it’s freezing outside; a 10 minute walk is more than enough time.

 

Paw Protection

The cold, snow, ice, salt & treatments applied to roads can wreak havoc to your dog’s paws in these snowy months. Dog boots can be extremely helpful in protecting their paws. Another simple way of protection is to apply generous amounts of petroleum jelly to the pads of their paws. Make sure to wipe your dog’s paws clean when you come back inside so they don’t ingest any chemicals from their excursion by licking their them. It is wise to also check their paws to see if any snow or ice has accumulated between their toes as this can be quite painful to them.

 

Be Aware Of What Your Dog Is Sampling

Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs & cats. Be aware of the strange puddle on the road your dog is drawn to. Be sure to clean up any spills from your own car found in your driveway or garage. You should consider using products that contain propylene instead of ethylene glycol.

 

Recognize A Problem

If your dog stops walking or begins to limp on the walk; bring them back inside as quickly as you can. They could be showing the beginning signs of hypothermia. A few other signs of hypothermia is shivering nonstop, shallow slow breathing or lack of mental awareness. Frostbite is another potential danger commonly affecting the paws, ears & tail. If you feel your pet is showing any of these signs with no improvements, contact your vet immediately.

 

Be Seen

You can’t always count on sidewalks to be cleaned off to be able to walk on. Some of us have only the road to use for our excursion. Keep yourself & your dog in reflective & bright colors that can make it visually easy to be seen. Your dog should be kept closer to you. Be on the defense as vehicles drive by you.

 

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In conclusion we hope these tips are helpful to you. When we have to cut our walks short; we make it up by having a playtime session inside the home. The exercise does wonders for us both in a more pleasant environment.

How do you & your dog cope with the snowy cold weather?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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