In honor of Walk Your Pet month, here are a few things pet parents to keep in mind when taking their furry friend for a walk in these frigid temperatures.
Pets are sensitive to the wind chill factor. Keep this in mind, as when the weather is cold and the wind is blowing, you should keep your walks short to reduce exposure to temperatures.
Rain and snow dampen the coats of our four-legged friends. When this happens, it makes them more prone to cold temperatures. Frostbite and the inability to maintain temperature occur when our dog’s coat becomes soaked. Be sure to dry your pet thoroughly when you go back inside, and try coats and sweaters when outdoors to help keep your pet warm and dry.
Another factor to consider when walking your dog during these colder months is his breed. Smaller dogs get cold faster than larger dogs. Keep toy breeds outside for no more than 10 to 15 minutes. Larger dogs and “cold weather breeds” like Huskies can stay outside a bit longer, but they shouldn’t be more than 30 minutes.
Pets that have multiple health conditions will not tolerate cold weather.
Lastly, melting ice can damage our pet’s paws. Consider boots to protect paws from cold and salt.
Overall, these tips can help your pet enjoy the cold weather and keep them active outdoors during the winter season.