With most of Ontario having experienced at least one major snowfall already this winter, many pet lovers across the province have begun to undergo that yearly activity of walking their dogs in the snow. This is a subject that was discussed in our blog last year, but it’s time to broach the subject once more to ensure that our dogs are not only getting exercise but also staying safe while doing so.
What Makes Winter Walking Different?
Well it all stems from the fact that it’s awfully cold out. It’s not rocket science but common sense; If you find it uncomfortably cold without bundling up in layers then so does your dog. It’s not just the chill, however, as there are a number of conditions that arise in the winter months to warrant yet another list of potential dangers, such as increased darkness, road pollutants and the snow itself. Here are some cautions to consider:
There’s A Chill In The Air
Keep your dog warm during your walks by ensuring that they have the protection from the cold air, just like you do.
All of that road salt that is great for keeping you safe from driving can also be quite bothersome. Not only does it discolour your shoes but it can be much more dangerous for your pet, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
Additional chemicals that are designed to help humans combat the winter can be found on the roads, and also found in more plentiful supply in garages, sheds and homes… another reason to clean your dog’s feet after a walk in the street.
Just because the weather gets frigid and the snow piles up doesn’t mean that a regular walking routine can’t continue as normal, as long as precautions are taken for the safety of both you and your pet.
For more ideas on how to keep your dog fit and healthy during the winter months and prepare for mother nature’s chilly worst, talk to your veterinarian today.