of clothing, hats scarves and gloves and boots with good grip
and take your mobile phone with you.
Dogs can suffer
from sore feet from the salt in the snow and the build up of ice
and snow. especially dogs with hairy feet and legs. keep the hair
trimmed around the feet. Coating their legs and feet with sunflower
oil before walking will help to prevent this and is safe should
your dog lick it off, when you return from your walk, rinse your
dogs feet and legs off with warm water, either by dipping in a
bucket or rinsing off with a watering can, this will remove any
build up of snow and ice and traces of anti- freeze which my be
picked up when walking by the road. Check for cuts too as sharp
objects cannot be seen under the snow.
is very toxic and so do not let your dog drink from puddles or
eat the snow by the roadside. Dogs like the taste of anti-freeze
but it can kill them.
dog to walk steady on a loose lead, you don't want to be pulled
over in the snow & ice, keep your dog close to you, and especially
take extra care near frozen lakes and rivers, do not allow your
dog to run on the ice, it could be thin and your dog may fall
Dogs can slip
on icy patches just like us and are at risk of injury just like
ourselves, so if in doubt keep your dog calm and under close control.
of dogs, with thin coats and elderly dogs will feel the cold and
so provide them with a nice warm coat. You can get boots
for dogs too!
Do not leave
your dog outside for long spells unless he has a warm shelter
and make sure that drinking water is available and doesn't freeze.
if your dog is fit and strong enough why not have some fun and
give him a job! Here is a picture of my John and Daughters dog
Snoopy, pulling grandson Ben in his sledge, Snoopy is wearing
a harness for the job! be careful not to over do it though.
not so mad as my John in the snow in 2000 on his ski's!
fun and enjoy those cosy snuggles by the fire!