Cold Weather Safety Tips for Your Dog

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Dogs may have lush coats and long hair, but that doesn’t make them impervious to cold temperatures. With the changing of the season comes a drastic decrease in temperature that could put your pup at risk. Whether you’re going for a long walk or running errands, make your dog’s health and safety a priority.

Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Winter

Avoid Salt-Induced Chemical Burns

With colder weather comes snow and ice, and where there is snow and ice there is also salt. While salt helps prevent slip and fall accidents, it can also be dangerous for your pup. Salt can irritate your dog’s paws and even induce chemical burns in severe cases. Prevent paw issues by fitting your dog with walking boots or applying a paw salve to act as a protective barrier between your dog’s paws and the ground. You should also wipe your dog’s paws down the moment you get home so that they don’t ingest salt if they lick themselves.

Keep Your Dog On Leash Around Ice

Just as we humans are prone to falling down an icy walkway, so is your pup. Keep your pup on leash around ice to avoid a potentially dangerous slip and fall.

Dry Off After Returning Inside

Remember how your mom always made you dry off the moment you came inside from playing in the snow? The same rule applies to your pup. Be sure to dry your dog off well after a walk in the snow, rain, or puddles. Wet fur can prevent your pup from regulating their body temperature, putting them at risk of becoming ill.

Let Your Dog’s Coat Grow Longer

Keeping your dog’s fur longer in the winter can help them stay warm, which is critical during cold winter months. Ask your groomer to keep your dog’s coat longer than normal in the winter if you live in a colder climate. Be sure to properly maintain the longer coat with adequate home grooming to avoid painful mats from developing.


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