Winter Hazards for Dogs

A snow-covered ground is the ideal place to jump and play if you’re a dog. The winter can be a lot of fun, but with it comes cold weather, ice and other things that can be a hazard if you’re not careful. When it comes to winter, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your four-legged friend is safe. 

Watch the temperature

With a layer of fur, your dog can handle cold weather for a little while. But just like humans, some temperatures are just too cold to deal with for long. If it is too cold for you to be out long, your pup probably feels the same. 

Ice can be dangerous

No one likes to slip and slide while they are trying to walk. And neither does your dog. If it’s really icy out, it’s best to stick to the grass. A slippery surface may cause your dog to fall which can lead to injuries. Plus, it keeps you off the ground too. 

Don’t let them eat ice melt

When it gets slick, road crews will put ice melt down. While it is helpful for walking, it isn’t good for your dog to ingest. If you have a curious pup who loves to eat things off the ground, try to avoid areas where ice melt has been poured. If you are worried, he may have ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian immediately. 

Check their paws

It is important to pay attention to your pet’s paws in the winter. When it is dry and cold, your dog’s paws can crack and even bleed. Additionally, ice melt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can be harsh on his paws. If his paws are cracked, talk to your veterinarian.

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