We have been extremely lucky lately with the mild winter that we have been experiencing but looking at the latest weather reports, it seems that is all about to change.
Dogs react in different ways to cold weather; some are built to withstand cold temperatures whilst others really were not meant to be out in the cold. We have put together some top tips to help dog owners ensure you are keeping your dog’s safe and yourselves safe too.
Our Top Tips
Wash your dog's paws after walks – this is due to rock salt which is laid on our road to stop them freezing overnight. Rock salt can irritate your dog's paws but also we don’t want your dogs licking the salt too as this could cause tummy upsets.
Make sure hip details are up-to-date. Walks can often be in the dark during winter so should your dog go astray whilst out and about it is important to make sure you can get reunited as quickly as possible. Your dog should also always have a collar with an ID tag on whilst in public too.
Wear correct clothing. This is for yourself and your dogs too. If out on dark morning or nights ensure you can be seen by a motorist and other walkers by wearing hi-vis clothing. Also, ensure you have correct footwear and warm clothing.
Don’t leave your dog unattended in the cold. Dogs are used to be inside with us in the warm and in extreme weathers they can feel the cold quickly.
Give them coats to wear. If your dogs are used to have coats on we recommend giving them warm clothing in extream weather. If you have not introduced coats to your dog it is best to do this slowly in the house before leaving them on for long walks.
Stay away from frozen lakes and ponds. If your dog is a lover of water and always dashes to the lake take extra care on frozen days, keep them on the lead to ensure they don’t try to walk on them.
Keep anti-freeze out of reach of your dog. This is extremely poisonous and could harm your dog if ingested.
Keep long hair trimmed. If you have a long haired dog it could be a good idea to trim the around your dog's paws and lower leg to prevent ice-balls forming when we experience snowy weather. Ice-balls can be extremely painful for dogs.
Keep active. Dogs still need their exercise and will need to go on walks whatever the weather. If it is icy just ensure you take care and wear correct footwear. If you are elderly and worried about walking int the weather, ask a family member or friend if they could help you out.
For any further tips or advice please do not hesitate to contact our rehoming teams on:
Birmingham Centre 0121 634 5211
Sunnyside Centre 01902 790 618.
Posted: January 17, 2019