Bright Is Best
Keep your dog visible by getting reflective collars and coats. You can also attach lights to their collar, and even get light up leads! Taking a torch and wearing reflective clothing yourself helps keep you both safe
Exercise - Whatever The Weather
Sometimes outside just isn’t an option, especially if your dog isn’t keen on damp, cold weather. In these cases, it’s really important your dog still gets their exercise, so make sure to plan plenty to occupy them inside. Perhaps a new toy might help get you both moving?
Between The Toes
Grit and salt on your dog's paws can make them sore, so it is important to wash it off. Check between their toes as little pieces can get lodged. Snow can also get stuck between toes, and can be painful.
Don’t walk your dog on ice as just like us they can slip and injure themselves. Ice over water is especially dangerous – if dogs run onto frozen lakes or canals they could fall into icy water if the ice is too thin.
Wrap Up Warm
It’s not just you that needs your winter coat on! If it’s a cold day make sure your dog is wearing a warm jacket, especially if they have a thin hair coat naturally.
Pets are prone to weight gain over winter as exercise levels decrease. Keep an eye on their weight, and adjust how much you are feeding them if you see them start to pile on the pounds!
Water, Water, Everywhere
Make sure your dog always has a fresh water supply, and don’t allow it to freeze.
If your dog seems to be getting stiffer in the cold mornings, they may have arthritis. Take a trip down to your local Companion Care to have them checked out.