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Winter is coming......Paws for thought

1. WRAP UP ON WALKS


Even dogs feel the cold, so investing in a good quality warm coat is a must. Also, remember to dry the coat off during walks as well. This can make the difference between a happy, warm dry pooch and a wet miserable one who isn’t looking forward to their next outing in the winter weather.


2. PROTECT PAWS AND PADS


Dogs can get compacted snow in between their paws, which can cause severe pain.

when returning from walks remember to dry their paws with a dry towel.


Also, remember that roads and pavements can have grit and salt on them. – which can burn a dogs paws. The cold temperatures can sometimes make a dogs paws crack – so think of adding a supplement to their food to prevent this, for example, fish oil.


3. MAKE THEM VISIBLE


During the winter the daylight hours reduce, meaning there will be more dog walking in the dark – both morning and evenings. Pick up a LED light that either attaches to their lead or collar - so they can be safe and seen.


4. NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR UNATTENDED


During winter, in the same way that cars can become fatally hot in summer months, It can be the opposite during the winter months. Never leave your dog in an unattended car during winter as they can become ill or worse die with the freezing temperatures.


5. MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE AND WARM INDOORS


Always make sure your canine friend’s bed is away from cold drafts and that their bedding is warm and dry.

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