Winter is a fun time for dogs and pet parents with wintery walks and warm evenings! We've put together our top 10 tips at Bone Idol to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your furry friends this winter.
1. Snowy Toes
We know a wintery walk can be snow much fun but it's very important to check your dog’s paws and dry them thoroughly after they've been outside.
This is especially important with long-haired dogs as snow can compact between their toes and turn into ice balls which can prove extremely painful for your dog.
A preventative measure for this would be ensuring that you keep the hair between your dog's paws short. Our groomers are experts at going this and you can request our services online: REQUEST NOW
2. Wrapping up on Walkies
It may be toasty and cosy at home but your furry friend still needs regular walks regardless of the weather.
When out on a walk with them it’s important to make sure your dog or dogs are wrapped up warm. Put a dog coat on them when you go out, especially if you have a fine-coated dog, for example, a Greyhound or Staffie.
At Bone Idol, we stock a wonderful range of knitwear to fit all sizes whether you have a Labrador or Chihuahua. Cashmere to French Fashion, pop in and see us at our Brighton store for a treasure trove of knitwear.
3. Rock Salt
We have written all about the very real dangers of rock salt HERE
Clean their paws at the end of your walk as salt and grit from roads and pavements can also get lodged between their toes.
4. Toasty and Warm
After a lovely walk make sure you dry off wet and muddy dogs and make sure they have a cosy bed to return to which is away from any cold draughts.
We have a wonderful selection of beds in our Brighton shop. pop in and see us!
5. Indoor Fun
Like humans, some dogs can be very reluctant to venture out into the cold and wintery weather and while exercise and some outdoor activity is important, you can supplement regular exercise at home.
If this is the case, do not force them out but make sure you provide them with lots of toys for them to play and keep them occupied while indoors. Toys can be used as great indoor exercise tools.
Pop in and see our expert team to discuss your dog's playstyle with us and what toys are best for them.
6. Dinner Time!
If you do find that your dog is less active in the winter months, make sure you adjust the amount of food you give them accordingly to avoid weight gain.
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7. The Importance of recall!
Cold and wintery weather can bring reduced visibility with fog, mist or snowy conditions.
If you're letting your dog off the lead whilst on a walk, make sure your dog has good recall to avoid them getting disorientated and at worst lost.
Always, make sure their microchip details are up to date with your correct contact information.
8. I can see you!
As the sun is still setting late afternoon at the moment and the sun rises later, it is important to ensure your dog is seen when off the lead.
You can attach a small light to your dog's collar so they can be seen when out on walks in reduced visibility. At Bone Idol, we also stock an array of high vis goods, so pop in and see us!
9. Dogs and Cars
We all know the importance of leaving your dog in a car in summer however just as cars can become fatally hot in summer months, temperatures can drop very quickly in cold weather.
Always take your dog with you rather than leaving them in the car for any length of time.
10. Frozen Water
As pretty as a frozen lake or river can be it is very important to keep your dog away from stretches of frozen water as it's impossible to tell how secure the surface is.
Keep them on a lead if you think they’ll be tempted to jump in.
The RSPCA has also issued cold weather advice for pet owners which you can read HERE.