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Keep your dog safe outdoors in the winter

Spending time outdoors in the winter is a great way for both you and your dog to get plenty of fresh air and exercise, but there are dangers that come with cold weather. Taking precautions will ensure your dog has a fun and safe winter! Although your dog wears a fur coat, that doesn’t always protect her from frostbite or hypothermia. 

Watch the windchill factor to see how long your dog feels comfortable outside. Many dogs will ignore pain or discomfort while playing in the snow, so be on the lookout for warning signs of frostbite:

  • Is she picking up her feet while walking or running? 

  • Is her tail tucked between her legs?

  • Do her ear tips feel cold or rigid? 

If you’re concerned, bring your dog indoors and make sure to call your veterinarian. Remember, if it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s probably too cold for your dog.

Most active dogs love playing in the snow, but this fun activity can also be dangerous under certain circumstances. You’ll want to be careful about running your dog on icy surfaces since even athletic dogs may be prone to ligament tears in the knee, disc problems in the spine, or generalized muscle injuries.

Take special caution around ponds and waterways. The rabbit your dog is chasing may be able to cross thin ice but your dog may be too heavy.

Canadian winters offer a wealth of outdoor activities for pets and pet owners alike, but make sure you’re focused on safety first… then head out with your dog and enjoy the great white outdoors!