Does your canine pal like winter? If you have a snow dog, like a husky, Fido may love romping and playing in the snow. Pups with thinner fur, however, are usually much less enthusiastic. Regardless of what category your pooch falls into, you’ll need to take some extra precautions when walking your dog at this time of year. Read on as a Fonthill, ON vet offers some pointers on taking Fido out when it’s cold.

Gear

Always wear shoes or boots with good tread. The last thing you want is to slip and fall on ice! We recommend waterproof footwear. A comfy jacket is also a must. Choose one that is light colored and/or reflective. Keep the pockets filled with gloves, treats, waste baggies, and anything else you may need. Your future self will thank you! You’ll also want to get Fido a reflective leash.

Paw Care

Snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icers can do a number on dogs’ paws. Choose pet-safe de-icing products when you go shopping. If your canine buddy won’t go for wearing booties, use paw balm to protect his feet. Petroleum jelly will work. It’s also a good idea to wipe Fido’s feet down with a damp cloth when you bring him in. This will remove any residue he has walked through.

Doggy Clothes

If your pooch has thin fur, or is a puppy, senior, small breed, or nursing mama, you’ll need to get some doggy jackets. Make sure your dog’s clothes fit well, and are not tight, hot, itchy, or restricting. You may want to get more than one. That way, if something is wet or dirty, Fido will still have something to wear.

Night Walks

Since it gets dark so early in winter, you’ll be walking your furry friend at night quite a bit. Keep nighttime walks short and sweet, and take a flashlight with you. Or, get a leash that has one built in. We also recommend bringing a phone along.

Terrain

Fresh snow can be dangerous, as it can hide things like broken glass and exposed wires. Keep an eye on the ground when walking Fido. Also, don’t take your furry friend near frozen bodies of water, or other potentially-hazardous areas.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Please reach out to us, your Fonthill, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!