Winters in the northern hemisphere can be a magical time. The snow is falling and the holidays are celebrated, it’s some people’s favorite season. But it also means that we need to take extra precautions when it comes to keeping our dogs healthy and safe.
Before letting your pup go crazy in the snow, keep these tips and tricks in mind. It could save your pup a lot of pain, and you a lot of heartache and money. Keep reading!
Before leaving on winter walks
Before you take your fur baby out for their daily walk and bathroom break, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your dog’s coat may play a big role in whether or not they can tolerate the cold temperatures.
“Some dogs with long, thick coats enjoy the colder temperatures while smaller, thin-coated dogs do not tolerate the cold as well,” Dr. Rachel Barrack, a New York City-based veterinarian said.
You can also buy sweaters and booties to keep your dog warm. The booties are also great for protecting against frostbite and ice-melting chemicals or salt. If your dog doesn’t tolerate wearing booties, make sure to rub petroleum jelly on their pads before going outside.
“The salt used to de-ice roads can cause the outer layer of the paw pad to slough off, leaving a sensitive layer of fresh skin that can take days to weeks to properly heal,” Barrack explains. “In addition, if ingested the salt can result in oral and gastrointestinal irritation.”
Continue to the next page for tips on what to do during and after your winter walks.