Weather Winter Walking
January is National Walk Your Dog Month. Follow our temperature guide for tips on how to best weather cold winter walks together this season. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet!
Cold Weather Walking Tips
- Limit walks to 15 minutes if it is below 20 degrees, being mindful of your dog’s coat type.
- Keep your pet’s toe hair clipped to keep ice from accumulating in between the pads of your dog’s feet. Also, keep nails trimmed for better traction.
- Avoid deep snow during long walks. Cold snow on your dog’s underbelly will make your dog get colder faster. Watch for signs your pet is too cold: whining, shivering, or picking-up or licking of paws means it is time to come inside!
- To keep your pet safe from ingesting ice-melt chemicals and mineral salts, don’t let your dog eat lots of snow. Additionally, immediately wash these potentially toxic items off your pet’s paws. TIP! Coconut oil is a great moisturizer to treat rough paws, plus it’s okay for your pet if ingested.