As temperatures plummet across the UK with snow on the way, we thought we'd offer some tips for looking after your dog in the colder months.
- Buy your dog a coat – particularly if it is a puppy, old or short-haired dog – you wouldn’t go out without a coat in this weather so neither should your pooch!
- Similarly, get them a high-vis jacket or collar if you intend on taking them out in the dark early mornings or evenings over the winter months.
- Keep your dog on a lead in the snow – snowy or misty conditions can be disorientating, and it is much easier for your dog to become confused and get lost.
- Ensure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag and make sure your contact details are up to date, that way if you pet does get lost you can make sure you get them back safe and sound.
- Wipe your dog’s feet after walks as grit from the roads can irritate their feet.
- If you have a long-haired dog also take care to check between their toes as snow impaction can lead to ice balls which can be very painful.
- Make sure to dry your dog thoroughly after they have been on a walk, or had a bath, and make sure their bed is always warm and dry to keep them cosy.
- If your dog is reluctant to venture out in the cold weather keep them active indoors instead with their favourite toys.
- To avoid weight gain you may need to adjust your dog’s food intake – particularly if they are not so keen on long walks in the cold!
- Do not leave your dog in a car for long periods in any type of extreme weather.
- Do not allow your dog to walk on frozen ponds as the ice may not be thick enough to support their weight.
- If your dog does fall through the ice, do not jump in after them, encourage them to swim back to you and call the emergency services.
- Antifreeze may be great for clearing your windscreen, but it is highly poisonous to your dog so take care to keep it out of their reach.
We hope you’ll find the above useful – and remember if you
need any help with dog walking or puppy care in Bath during the cold weather the team at Binky’s
would be happy to help!
Our thanks to www.dogstrust.org.uk
and www.battersea.org.uk for
inspiration when writing the above.