A Guide to Safely Walking Your Dog In Winter

05th January 2023 3 min read

Tips on how to keep your dog warm and safe whilst having walkies during colder spells of weather.

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Our four legged friends may be covered in fur but that doesn't mean they can't feel the cold. As the weather becomes more cold in the early months of the year, we've got some tips on how to keep your dog warm and safe.

  • Winter Coats - coats can make those wintery walks more snug and less likely for your dog to catch a cold. Plus, some look rather fetching. Coats come in all shapes and sizes so you should be able to find one perfectly suitable for your dog, no matter their size.
  • If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your dog. Take shorter walks more often rather than one big walk. Being out in the cold for a long period of time can cause illnesses.
  • Wash your pups paws after a wintery walk. Roads and paths are often covered in grit and chemicals which can cause irritation. Wash in warm, soapy water. Grit is made up of salt. If dogs are licking this from their paws, the high salt content can eventually cause kidney issues so washing paws is very important.
  • Make sure your pup is well fed on a nutritious diet. Food creates energy which keeps them warm, and the more nutritious the diet, the stronger their immune system.
  • Ensure there are warm blankets indoors and a safe warm space for them to go when they come in from walkies

To conclude, wintery walks are great fun but must be approached with caution and the right preparations. One of the best things about a long, cold, wintery walk?....going back to a warm house and getting cosy!

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