For dogs, a white field plenty of soft snow is nothing more than a place for games and fun.
The routinely walk became something new and very exiting.
These few moments of surprise in front of this new sight are enough for dogs to start smelling, tasting, digging and rolling in the snow.
Even though snow must be fun for all of us, we should bear in mind some aspects which may affect the whole wellbeing of our furry friend.
Some tips on dogs and snow
1- Eating snow is not too dangerous for dogs. However, if we notice that our friend is having a full feast of snow, it is advisable to call him back immediately. Excessive ingestion of snow can in fact cause severe irritation on the mucous membranes and in some cases these consequences cmay become very serious.
2- The great excitement of playing on the ice, could be tricky, since we should not forget that ice is always lurking both for the animal and for the owner. A simple slip may lead to trauma or twisting of the limbs, as well as consequences on the spine. Making sure the ground isn’t frozen is the wisest way to prevent these kinds of accidents.
3- Beware of excessive cold in some breeds can be dangerous too. Small dogs with not very thick hair are naturally predisposed to experience the cold much more. If this is the case wearing a coat may bring them an extra protection to keep them warm.
Dog paws are a very delicate and sensitive area. It can happen that the snow accumulates in small icy lumps which in the long run can cause discomfort to our dog. To remove them, simply pass your hand gently between the animal’s paws
There are some petroleum jelly-based creams that act as a water repellent and protect the paws from cracking and irritation due to cold or salt. In this regard: if the dog has walked on a road strewn with salt, remember once at home to rinse his paws well with simple water.