Ok, granted most of us do not take our dogs out hiking in the Alaska Tundra. However, we still need to keep our pups feet protected from the elements. The salt or chemicals in the driveway, sidewalks and street can be harmful to your pup. The ice melters may burn their feet and can cause cuts and abrasions. They may even lick their toes and ingest the chemicals as well. Please protect their paws. Apply some sort of waterproof boot to protect their feet. We carry waterproof boots for your convenience. In addition if possible, wash your pups feet when they come in after a jaunt in the snow!
When you take your dog out for a walk in the winter remember to keep in mind their cold tolerance. i.e. the thickness of their coat, activity level and general health. You may need to adjust your walk accordingly. If your dog has short legs perhaps the belly is having more contact with the snow and your pup might be getting colder sooner than a dog that has longer legs who is not having as much direct contact with the snow.
A jacket or warm coat is a wonderful addition during the cold weather for our short haired dogs.
If you notice that your dog is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia (lowering of the body temperature). Please bring your dog in or call us with any questions.