Posted 24th Nov 2017
Winter is full of potential pitfalls for our four legged friends. How can you keep them safe? We've come up with some top tips to help keep them as safe as possible
Let your dog's winter coat grow
If your dog is a puppy, short-haired or an older dog, you can always consider buying them a winter coat too. If you do opt for this, make sure it is high visibility so that you cut the risk of losing him on those early morning or evening strolls.
It's snow joke
On the off chance there's heavy snow, keep your dog on the lead. Snow can have a very disorientating effect on dogs, which can only make it easier for them to end up lost.
Collar and ID
This is important all year round but especially so in winter. Now that microchips are compulsory too, it's crucial that it is up-to-date. These simple steps really increase the chances of being reunited with your dog should the worst happen and you lose him.
Check their paws
When you get back in from a walk, you must wipe their paws, legs and stomachs. This is especially important should there be snow. If grit gets on your dogs paws, it can cause irritation too. If they are burnt,
Watch out for ice
Keep them firmly away from frozen ponds. The ice will be deceptive, and may be unable to take his weight. If your dog should happen to fall in, it's important that you don't jump in after him too. Try to encourage him to swin back to you whilst alerting the emergency services.
Ensure that any tempting household items are out of reach. This is primarily targeted at antifreeze, which is a common necessity this time of year and unfortunately, both highly tasty to dogs and highly poisonous too.
Keep an eye on paws
Salt which is used to melt snow and ice will irritate the paw pads of your pet and if they happen to lick them, will risk irritating their mouth. Therefore, wipe their paws down with a damp towel to prevent this happening.
If your dog or cat likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, they will need more food in the winter, as keeping warm will deplete their energy. Therefore, you should routinely check their water dish to ensure that the water is fresh and unfrozen. And, while this may seem over the top, if your house gets particularly cold, you should consider plastic food and water bowls. Otherwise, when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue could stick to the metal.
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