Here's how you can help your dog when it's cold outside

Så kan du hjälpa din hund när det är kallt ute

Playing and mischief in the snow is something that many dogs find fun. Now that it's cold there are a few things that might be good to think about. Here are some useful tips to make the winter as good as possible.

Use a blanket or overalls

Dogs' fur and skin are generally adapted to cold climates, but tolerance can vary from breed to breed. Rather choose a quilt in a larger size than a smaller one.

Avoid cuts

Do not let the dog loose if there is a bite. They can easily cut and slip.

Consider the tread pads

The hair between the foot pads (primarily applies to long-haired dogs) is a breeding ground for moisture, which can also turn into snow and ice if it's really cold outside. It can be good to cut the hair between the paws to avoid chilling.

Rinse off the salt

Road salt dries out the tread pad and can lead to cracks in the paw. Rinse the paws after the walk and remember not to have too hot water as the temperature difference hurts the dog a lot. Cool water works perfectly. There are greasy paw salves that can help with cracks, both during and between walks.

Fill up with energy

Dogs that move outside when they are cold waste a lot of energy. Give some extra food during the cold period.

Prefer short walks

If it's really cold outside, take many short walks instead of one long one. Remember to constantly be in motion.

Warm up before physical activity outside

Start the walk with the dog on a leash. It reduces the risk of overexertion.

Do not leave the dog leashed outside or in a cold car

It is better to leave your dog at home as the risk of frostbite is high.

Use reflex!

We are moving towards brighter times, but it is still dark outside. Don't forget to have reflex on your dog and yourself to be seen.

And don't forget to…

Dry the coat before walking

If you have bathed your dog, make sure the fur is dry before you go outside. A heating pad and proper drying are recommended.

If the accident is imminent, consult your veterinarian for guidance.