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Walking Your Dog in Winter

Winter is just around the corner. No matter what the weather is doing, your canine buddy will still need daily walks. However, you may want to do a few things a bit differently at this time of year. Read on for some helpful tips from a Green Bay, WI vet on walking your dog in winter.

Gear

Don’t underestimate the danger of walking on slippery surfaces! When you walk Fido, be sure to wear boots or sneakers with good tread. Your pooch may also appreciate doggy booties.

Paws

You’ll also want to pay attention to your dog’s paws. Snow, salt, sand, and ice can all cause painful paw burns and injuries. Stock up on pet-safe de-icing agents. You can use also paw balm or wax to protect and moisturize your pet’s feet. If your canine friend has toe fur tufts, you’ll want to clip these back: they tend to collect ice balls. Last but not least, wipe Fido’s paws down with a damp cloth before you bring him back inside.

Ice

Ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams can be very dangerous for dogs. Fido doesn’t really understand thin ice, and can get into serious trouble if he walks onto it. Pay close attention to where you are going. Keep your furry buddy away from frozen bodies of water, especially after warmer spells, when the ice may be thin.

Snow

Freshly-fallen snow may be pretty, but it can also hide dangerous objects, such as broken glass. Keep a close eye on the ground, and steer your furry pal around potential hazards.

Darkness

It gets dark early in winter. Remember to take a flashlight with you when walking Fido at night. Wear reflective clothing, and get a reflective leash for your four-legged friend. We also recommend making nighttime walks short and sweet.

Clothing

Does your pup have thin fur? If so, he may need some protection against the cold. When shopping for Fido, take him—or at least his measurements—with you. Don’t buy him anything that restricts his vision or movement. You’ll also want to avoid items with small parts, like buttons, as our canine pals sometimes try to eat them. Zippers are also a no-no, as they can catch in dogs’ fur. Ouch!

Please reach out to us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Green Bay, WI animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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