For those of you up further North, you may be chuckling at me. But seriously, us Washingtonians (a.k.a. Southerners) lose our minds when it comes to snow. Remember Atlanta two years ago?
Anyways…for dog owners like myself there are a few things you should really think about when you go outside with your dog in the snow. Especially, if they are a short-haired breed.
Salt is caustic to your dogs paws
It may be nice that neither of you are slipping on the sidewalks but salt can be caustic to your dogs paw pads. It can be extremely nasty if they get it stuck in between their paw pads. As soon as I take Starla in from a walk I have dog cleaning wipes that I use to clean off her paw pads and in between her paw pads.
Prep your dog
Another option, which I think we’re about to implement, is to get them snow booties. Yes, I know it looks ridiculous but even in the half inch snowfall yesterday, Starla was picking up her paws because they were too cold. This will help with keeping their paws warm and away from salt and ice. Starla also has a jacket for extra cold days. How warm your dog is able to physically keep herself may depend on her breed, size and even age. An easy way to tell is if they are reluctant to stay out in the cold or if they are shivering. If you’re unsure if your dog would need a jacket in the cold, just ask your vet.
They still need exercise.
If walking in the snow isn’t for you and your dog. Take a devoted half hour to spend playing with your dog. Or even walking them around your apartment building (if you live in an apartment like me) can help relieve excess energy!
Make Potty Time Easier for Them
For me, my apartment has a grassy dog park area that I can easily brush the snow off for Starla to use. If you have a yard or an area that your dog frequently likes to go to, try shoveling or dusting it off so they know they can go to that same spot each time.
Lastly, don’t let your dog eat the snow.
As fun as it may seem, the snow may cause upset stomachs or there may be hidden objects in the snow.
How do you keep you and your dog warm and comfy in the snow? Who else has/thinking of getting booties for their dogs?
The information contained on this blog is for informational purposes only and is solely based on my personal experience. Please consult your veterinarian for any medical concerns of your pet.