Dogs love snow!
They like to catch snowballs and snowflakes, roll on the white blanket, and of course lick and bite snow and ice.
However, cold weather brings several risks to dogs.
Dogs can also feel cold. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t walk and play in the snow with your dog. The most sensitive are young and older dogs. If you notice that your dog is shaking, immediately place dog in a warm environment.
During the winter months is not recommended to bath your pet often. Dogs who have short hair and small and dwarf races during the walk should wear jackets that will keep them heated.
Most pet owners will notice that their pet, who have the first encounter with snow, begins to limp while moving through the snow. The cause this are the balls of ice and snow that stick to the hair under their paws or fingers. Dogs feel this like they stepped on a thorn.
Since it is better to be safe than sorry we encourage you to regularly clip the hair below the dog’s legs. Take your dog on manicure by specialists who will trim nails and hair if necessary.
Salt, if the pet licks it, can seriously damage the digestive organs. Unfortunately, mud mixed with the salt and antifreeze is a common occurrence on the streets. If a dog licks it, there is a serious danger of poisoning. The most common symptoms include staggering, vomiting and severe depression.
A common misconception is that the owner of the dog thinks that in the winter dog doesn’t need to drink much water, like during the summer, because they eat snow.
That’s not true!
On the contrary, winter dehydration is very frequent and dog should always have access to fresh water.