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Walking Your Dog in the Winter

Published on December 28th, 2017

While owning a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience, sometimes getting up early in the frigid cold to walk your dog can seem exhausting. However, keep in mind that while you can bundle up, your dog can’t wear boots, pants, a sweater, and a coat! Even when it is cold outside, you still need to take your dog out on a walk so he or she gets the exercise they need. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure that your pet stays warm and safe during wintertime walks.

Hazards

There are some hazards that are specific to winter when you are walking your dog, so it is important to pay attention to your surroundings. One hazard you may not think of is metal; in the city, metal can sometimes have electrical wires underneath, and if this metal does have old wires and your dog is wet from the snow, he or she may get electrocuted. If the metal is too cold and your dog licks it, his or her tongue could even get stuck! You also will want to make sure that your dog stays away from antifreeze; this seems obvious, but there is a higher risk factor during the winter.

Additionally, always watch out for ice for both yourself and your dog. Go slowly, and don’t let your dog run across the ice.

In the Snow

When you are walking your dog, it is highly likely that he or she will end up in some snow, even just going to the bathroom. Dogs can play in the snow, just watch to make sure they are not eating it! Additionally, wait until you are not in a snowdrift, because snowdrifts can cover up anything from garbage to a large, sharp rock, and you do not want your dog to get hurt.

If you know your dog likes to play in the snow, he or she is a shorthaired dog, or even if you just live in a cold climate like Chicago, invest in a coat or sweater for your dog! There are also boots, but you will want to test these out because many dogs do not like wearing shoes. If you find that your dog hates wearing boots, always wash off their paws when coming back from a walk to remove any salt or rocks.

For more winter tips for your dog, discuss with our veterinarian at Portage Park Animal Hospital!

Courtesy of: Petful

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