DOG owners are urged to be careful walking their dogs in freezing conditions this winter.
With temperatures plummeting and freezing conditions across the UK, experts are warning freezing conditions can be dangerous for your puppy.
Even though dogs have a natural fur coat to protect them from snow and cold temperatures, that doesn’t mean they are immune to significant temperature drops.
And according to Go look forIt is your puppy’s size and the thickness of his coat that will help determine when it is safe to go outside in the winter.
Small to medium sized dogs with thin coats can be exposed to severe cold conditions if they go outside when the temperature is 7 ° C or below.
Some larger dogs with a thicker coat, such as Siberian huskies, are more suited to cooler climates and should be suitable for long winter walks.
Fetch Pet’s veterinarian, Dr Aliya McCullough, warns that all dogs, regardless of size, are at a higher risk of frostbite and hypothermia if they are outside in temperatures below -6C.
Veterinarian nurse Sarah James said Tyla: “Temperatures tend to be much warmer during the day, so it’s best to avoid walks in the early morning or late evening.
“It’s best to take shorter walks, but more frequently – the longer your dog is outside, the lower his body temperature.
“It is also important to keep your dog on a leash.
As the seasons change and the ground becomes covered in frost / snow, dogs may not see any deep areas or dangerous areas.
Sarah added that keeping an eye on our companion dog’s paws is just as important, as winter is especially difficult when going for walks.
She said: “With the humidity from the rain and snow, toxic chemicals and salt left on the road, it’s important to take good care of your dog’s paws by using a wet washcloth or cloth. paper towel to prevent skin irritation. “
Other things to watch out for include antifreeze, which is very toxic but irritating to pets.
Pet owners should also make sure that their pet does not overcompensate the cold by getting burned.
Sarah explains, “Dogs are like us, on a cold morning all they want is to warm up near a heat source.
“So be sure to block any heat sources (open fires, etc.) around your home to prevent your pets from getting burned. “
Pet owners should also keep an eye on dogs’ paws when walking on icy sidewalks, as an unfortunate puppy has burned its paws in freezing weather.
Data from pet insurance company Bought By Many shows that the cost of an insurance claim skyrockets between November and March, with an average cost of around £ 437.
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