STORM Darcy hit the UK this week, covering various regions and causing chaos on the roads.
Make sure you know how to protect your pooch when walking in snowy areas.
Can I walk my dog in the snow?
Yes, you can walk your dog in the snow, but you should be more careful than usual when walking him.
Because snow makes it easier for dogs to get lost or disoriented on snow-covered surfaces.
Make sure you’re wearing the right footwear yourself too – it could be just as slippery for you, so make sure you’re dressed appropriately to avoid falling.
Take it slow, being careful not to rush anywhere so as not to trip.
What are the dangers of walking my dog in the snow?
Aside from the obvious slip and fall hazards, snow poses a number of other risks.
Snow can often be treated with chemicals, which can be dangerous for your pup’s paws.
Slush and ice in particular are sometimes treated with antifreeze, which is dangerous for dogs – so stay away if you notice this.
In addition, salt litter contains chemicals that can burn pets’ paws with prolonged contact with the litter.
Avoid walking your pooch on littered surfaces and rinse their feet when you get home.
Ice balls are also a danger – especially for dogs with hairy paws.
They can form between your dog’s toes and paws and cause pain.
Checking your feet when you finish your walk can fix this problem.
Do dogs need foot protection in the snow?
A foot protector can help protect your dog’s paws from snow, ice, salt, and ice-melting chemicals.
Not all dogs like to wear boots in winter, so make sure the model you choose is comfortable for your pet.
How can I keep my dog safe in the snow?
Here are some Dogs Trust top tips for keeping your dog safe in the snow.
- Keep your dog on a leash during heavy snowfall
Snow can be unfamiliar and exciting for dogs.
- Make sure your dog wears a collar and ID tag and is microchipped
It is important to ensure that your microchip database is up to date with your address and contact details.
- Be sure to wipe your dog’s legs, feet, and tummy after a walk
The sand from the streets and the moisture from rain or snow can irritate your skin.
- Don’t let your dog walk on frozen ponds
The ice may not be thick enough to support their weight. If your dog falls through the ice, never be tempted to run after it. If possible, encourage them to swim back to you and call emergency services.
- Antifreeze is highly toxic but palatable to dogs
Keep it out of their reach and wipe up spills!
- Check your dog’s leashes, collars, and harnesses regularly
Make sure they all work safely and are not at risk of wear or damage in winter weather.
When it is particularly cold it can be very difficult to close lead clips and attach them to collars and harnesses. Wet weather can also cause metal brackets to rust.
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