1. Keep the feet warm
It is essential to cut off the small hair on your dog’s feet so that ice doesn’t accumulate on it. Accumulation of ice on those hairs can increase body temperature and make it hard for the dog to cope up with the cold weather as it can cause temporary muscle numbness. Moreover, it is essential to make sure your dog is wearing its dog sock or dog boots to keep its paws insulated. Especially when they are going on a walk make sure to make your dog wear lasting boots as the sharp pieces of ice can pierce through the dog’s paws and leave your dog injured. If you are unable to find boots then look for paw wax, as it is an equally effective and a great alternative for dog boots.
With cold weather comes dry skin, hence make sure to moisturize your dog’s paws as well as body because dry skin is vulnerable to its surroundings and a slight scratch can cause bleeding.
If your dog is less furry or you shaved him recently in the end of summer or even if it has fur, make sure the cold snow doesn’t touch its belly because that causes it to chill faster, it is advisable to make sure your dog is wearing its dog coat or sweater to prevent shivering or further complications.
4. Reflect it
As you know, sunlight is barely visible in winters and clouds usually shade you through the night and day, hence it is preferable to make sure your dog is wearing a reflective collar or reflective clothing so it is visible and doesn’t go out of sight and you can easily spot it.
5. Ice melts can be hazardous
Make sure your pet has a traction which is non-toxic such as Eco traction, most ice melts are extremely hazardous to not only pets but also for the children and lawns. It can cause severe irritation in pet paws which can lead to burning sensation or worse. Make sure your dog doesn’t consume anything it finds on winter sidewalks, such as road salt, ice melts etc. Make sure to bring along some fresh water to keep it hydrated and feed your dog before the walk.
6. Look out for Frostbite
Tails, nose, foot pads or ears are some common areas where frostbites are likely to occur. Frostbite make the skin look pale, cold and hard accompanied by some redness and puffiness if so, make sure to cover the affected area with warm cloth. Make sure your dog doesn’t lick or bite the area as it can lead to lasting damage.
Be watchful of all the metals on your walk including lamppost, manholes, metal plates, metal shutters as it can cause electrocution if your dog licks it.
8. Snow as food? Not a good idea.
As it may be obvious, snow is likely to be consumed by your dog on its walk. Make sure your dog doesn’t over consume it as you never know what chemicals and antifreeze are mixed in the snow and so to be on the safe side, make sure your dog doesn’t lick all the snow on its way.
9. Energy draining
Dogs that do extra cardio in winters require more energy as they need to keep themselves warm as well, hence if your dog is outdoors often then increase its diet.
If the cold is unbearable and you want to keep your dog entertained then switch to other indoor exercise like short runs in your hallway or sit-ups inside your house.