We often overlook the effect of cold weather on our furry friends, but as long as we are sensible there is nothing to worry about. In most instances all we need to do is reduce the walk time and therefore reduce the length of exposure to the cold.
Here’s our 5 top tips for cold weather walking:
- Don’t forget to take into account the wind chill. Your dog may have a toasty fur coat a cold wind has the same effect on them as it does to us. Brrrr.
- A wet dog will feel the cold much sooner so if it is raining or there is wet snow reduce the walk time. And always ensure you dry them thoroughly when you get home!
- As you may guess some dogs are built for snow – a St Bernard, Husky or Akita will have a lot more cold weather stamina than a short haired dachshund.
- The size of your dog also matters – smaller dogs feel the cold sooner.
- Elderly dogs, dogs with health conditions and puppies are more susceptible to cold temperatures.
If the temperature is minus 5 degrees Celsius or colder you should only be taking your dog out for toilet breaks. Let’s hope we don’t see such temperatures this winter.
Wrap up yourself and enjoy the change of the seasons!