Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How To Walk Your Dog In The Snow

1.Buy a sweater or jacket for your dog, especially if he has a short coat. Although some breeds have coats designed to keep them warm in cold weather, others need some extra protection.

Wipe your dog's paws off periodically to remove any snow or ice that has accumulated around the paw pads and between the toes. The compacted snow and ice can hurt your dog's feet and cause bleeding. Plus, the salt that's used on roads and sidewalks can burn your dog's paw pads and is harmful if he ingests it.

Purchase some dog booties or slippers from your local pet store and see if your dog will tolerate them. Although they're a great way to protect his paws, he may not be crazy about wearing anything on his feet.

Avoid sidewalks that are heavily salted, as well as extremely icy spots and deep snow.

Trim the hair between your dog's toes if it gets especially long. Balls of ice may form on long hairs and they can be extremely difficult to remove.

Look for alternatives on really cold days. Play fetch inside with your dog for a half hour.

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