Shorter frequent walks
Going on longer walks means being exposed to colder temperatures for longer. This can have a negative affect on your dog’s health if you go out for too long. Keep your walks shorter and more frequent so they aren’t exposed to the cold for long periods of time.
Wash and dry feet after walk
Due to the icy weather, councils tend to put salt and chemicals on the paths and roads to benefit pedestrians and cars. However, these chemicals may react with your dog’s skin when walking. The best thing to do is wash and dry their feet off when arriving back from your walk.
Feed your pets well
Due to the colder temperatures your dog may need more calories if they spend a lot of time. It’s best to do your research and talk to your local vet for advice on your pet’s nutritional needs.
Too cold for you, too cold for your pet
As the temperatures drop it’s important to keep your dog inside. Keeping them outside can run the risk of them catching frostbite or hypothermia. If they show signs of these, contact your vet immediately. Temperatures inside can also go to low so make sure they are kept at a reasonable level, especially if you’re out of the house.
Dogs can easily become disorientated when playing in the snow, so it is important to keep their microchips up to date just in case they do get lost and run off. When out on walks it is also advisable to keep your dog on a lead, so you don’t run the risk of losing them.