Are you still taking your dog out for daily walks during the winter months? Keeping to your dog’s regular exercise schedule is important during the winter, and just like you, they should bundle up before heading out.
Dogs, in particular smaller breeds with their bodies closer to the ground and those with shorter coats are just as vulnerable to winter chills and frostbite as humans so it is up to us as responsible pet owners to give them the protection they deserve.
If your dog will not wear boots, give your dog a thorough rub-down with a clean towel before they come inside. Dogs can easily ingest antifreeze, salt, and other chemicals by licking it off of their feet and legs. Salt and chemicals will also irritate their skin if left alone for too long.
Just like people, dogs can experience frostbite and pain from staying out in the cold too long. Pay attention to what your dogs are telling you and bring them in if they show any of the following signs.
If it is too cold to go out on a walk, Click Here for tips on how to exercise them indoors.