The rigors of winter such as cold, ice and salt can cause your dog several discomforts. Make sure to properly protect its legs and pads to prevent frostbite and injury. Discover the different possible risks and how to prevent them.
Winter is a cold season, but it's still nice to have fun with dogs. Beautiful landscapes during walks, what could be better? However, the legs of our companions are more sensitive than we think, so you have to take precautions to ensure that your dog’s legs are well protected in winter.
Here is a list of the most common winter hazards and how to prevent them:
Frostbite is often caused by prolonged exposure to severe cold temperatures. When it is too cold, avoid long walks and prioritize outings only to do the needs or take a quick walk. In addition, it is advisable to put boots on your dog to protect the pads from cold, ice, salt and calcium. If this is not possible, when you return, clean and dry the legs to remove the residue. You can also shave the underside of the legs to avoid ice/snow build-up. Finally, taking a quick look under the legs daily is an excellent prevention.
- Leg Injuries
Ice, the enemy of all during this season. And yes even our animals are not safe from this unstable surface. To avoid injuries to your animals (broken bones, torn ligaments, wounds, etc.), it is important to maintain your yard and avoid icy places for walks. Non-slip boots can also help if your dog allows you to put them on their little legs.
- Pad Dryness
As for us, winter often rhymes with dry skin. For our dogs, it sometimes brings dry or even cracked pads. It is important to remedy this to prevent the situation from getting worse and causing pain, lameness and even excessive licking. It is important not to put anything on the pads, always inquire if the product is suitable for animals.
Fortunately, several balms are available on the market for the safe hydration of your companions' legs. The above tips are for prevention purposes only. In case of injury to your pet, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your veterinarian for a complete examination.
Source: Audréanne Lupien, Animal Health Technician (ASD)