Walking Your Dog In The Cold

Pets face serious danger while overcoming the characteristics of cold weather when out walking.
Tips to help:

Prevent dog from straying onto frozen water
-If any part of a dog goes through ice, the combination of shock and extremely cold water will quickly bring on hypothermia (body loses heat faster than can replace it). Please remember that when cold water saturates the dog's fur and chills the skin, the body temperature falls quickly
-A fall on hard ice can cause injury or multiple injuries.

Keep your dog warm
-Dogs with short hair or those that get cold easily should wear coats or sweaters. More than one layer may be required! Wool or thin fleece should be the first layer and outer layers may be thicker to provide more protection.

Exercise is important all-year round. With knowledge and caution, both you and your dog can enjoy those precious and memorable times outside.