The pavement is completely covered in snow. The temperature is well below zero. The wind is whipping, but that is no reason to stop walking your dog that is no doubt eager to get some exercise and explore.However there are some things to be cautious about when walking your dog in the snow.
- Put a coat on your dog if they are small or their haired breed which is not naturally prepared for colder temperatures.
- If your dog has walked on gritted snow clean it off their paws immediately with warm water when you get home, salt can give a burning sensation and be very painful if it works its way in-between the paw. Alternatively you can use petroleum Jelly on the pads of your dogs feet or invest in dog boots.
- Brush your dogs coat regularly in the colder weather; this will help distribute the natural oils, protecting the skin from becoming dry.
- Dogs often eat snow and although small amounts are harmless Excessive snow eating however can be harmful to your dog and potentially result to runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea. A bigger concern would be poisoning of toxic substances. The snow may have anti freeze and other chemicals that will endanger the health your dog if ingested.
Many of these tips apply not only for when it snows but also for icy and cold weather. So wrap up walm and keep safe in the cold weather.