If you think this might be an issue where you walk or play you have several good options. You can purchase nylon or leather boots designed to prevent possible injuries. Another option is skipping the walk or play session and finding an alternative activity until the area is safe again.
Another common problem to be aware of is snow and ice build-up between your dog’s toes and pads. This can be very uncomfortable and ice can actually cut into the pads or the tissue between your dog’s toes.
Salt, sand and chemical ice melting products also come in contact with the pads and tissue between a dog’s toes. Some of these products can cause skin irritation and skin burns. Salt and chemicals can also cause sickness when it becomes ingested by a licking dog. While walking, you can simply allow your dog to walk in the snow. This will help to clean the surfaces of the paw and the fur around the paws. Make sure you carefully clean and dry your dog’s feet every time you come in from outside.
CARE & FEEDING
Walking your dog in the winter months will burn more calories much faster. This is because your dog is using calories to keep warm. If your dog spends time outside you may want to consider feeding your dog more food or a food with a higher level of fat content. Before changing your dog’s diet, we suggest you consult your Veterinarian.
If your dog has a single coat or short hair you may also want to consider using a doggie coat or a doggie sweater when walking your dog in the winter months. Short haired dogs loose body heat much faster than double coated dogs.
The same should also be considered if you have a small or miniature breed dog. Smaller dogs are more susceptible to colder temperatures due to a lack of body mass. Small and miniature breed dogs are not able to regulate their body temperature nearly as well as larger breed dogs.
Every dog can enjoy the winter months as long as you prepare them for it. Just make sure to you watch them closely. If they get cold easily or appear to be in distress, limit their exposure to the cold and snow.
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