We have had many articles about how you can take a wonderful vacation with your furry best friend. We have also talked about what you should do if you want to go up to the mountains or somewhere else which means that you are out in nature with your dog for a couple of days. But today we will discuss what you should do if you want to take your dog out into the snow.
Snow can cause many problems for your dog, even if it is lovely. There are some things you need to keep in mind and precautions you can take before taking your dog out into the snow.
What to think about before taking your dog out into the snow
If you want your day in the snow to be as unforgettable for you as for your dog, you can not just leave the house without being prepared. Here are some precautions you can take:
Protect your dog from the cold
No matter what breed of dog you have (even a husky), you need to protect it from the cold. Obviously, long-haired dogs can handle the cold better than short-haired ones, but they still need protection. Of course, protection from the cold is even more important if you have a short-haired and small dog.
You can find everything you need to keep your dog warm in the snow in any pet store, and even in some sports stores.
Protect your paws
You probably already know that a dog’s pads are among the most sensitive parts of its body. Therefore, you must also protect your dog’s paws if you want to be able to be out in the snow for more than a little while.
You should talk to your veterinarian for help finding products that can both heal and strengthen your dog’s pads.
You can also lubricate your paws with Vaseline before you go out in the snow. It acts as a protective barrier and prevents the dog from being injured. In addition, Vaseline helps to moisturize the skin and keep it supple, which prevents wounds and damage from the cold.
Examine your dog’s pads several times during your outing. You can always put on a little more Vaseline if you see cracks or other damage.
Keep your dog under surveillance
Dogs often eat everything they come across. This makes it very important to keep your dog under surveillance while you are out in the snow, as it will probably try to eat up the snow! It may seem fun and harmless, but it can cause nausea and vomiting.
Of course, you should also make sure that your dog does not get lost. It is especially common in areas where there are many people.
Even though it is cold outside, it can be sunny at the same time. Sunlight reflected in the snow can be dazzling (similar to how the sun hits the water at the beach). So make sure your dog is not out in the sun and snow for too long.
Even if your dog has a dog blanket over his body, it also has many other sensitive body parts such as the nose that can actually be burned by the sun.
Do not let your dog walk on its own
Be careful where you let your dog run around uncoupled on its own. Try to find places where there are no children playing or others walking around or throwing snowballs.
You need to keep your dog away from areas where people ski or sled. If a dog runs in the wrong place, it can cause an accident and people as well as your dog can be injured. This is certainly not a situation you want to be in.
So it is definitely not impossible to take your dog out in the snow. In fact, your dog will probably love the snow! Your dog will probably run through the snow, roll around in it and make you laugh more than once. Remember our tips so you can make the most of your day in the snow – or all winter if you live in colder areas.