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A Guide to Walking Your Dog in the Winter November 12, 2018

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A Guide to Walking Your Dog in the Winter, Clarksville, Maryland

As temperatures cool and snow begins to fall, you may be less excited about taking your furry friend out for a walk. However, with some helpful tips, like contacting your pet care service provider if your dog gets sick, you can make sure your winter walks are safe and comfortable. Here is a guide to help your dog stay healthy this winter. 

Helpful Tips for Walking Your Dog This Winter 

Do I Need to Walk My Dog in the Winter?

While it may be tempting skip out on walks when the weather gets cold, there are plenty of reasons to take your dog for walks in the winter. Keeping up with regular walks enforces obedience training and keeps your dog socialized. Walks will also give your dog a chance to stay active and burn off some energy. 

How Can I Keep My Dog Warm During Winter Walks?

pet care servicesWhile some breeds have thick fur, others may need extra protection. Dog sweaters and coats can keep your pet warm during walks. Keep your walks shorter in the winter. 

Should I protect Their Paws?

Snow and ice can make your pet’s paws cold and dry, and road salt can be harmful to your dog. Dog boots or paw wax can keep your dog’s paws safe during walks. When you return home from a walk, remove any snow and ice from their paws.

What Other Safety Measures Should I Take?

Unless your dog is a large breed, like a Siberian Husky, stay out of deep snow. Stick to sidewalks if you have a small dog. When walking in the evening, wear a reflective vest and place reflectors on your dog’s collar.  Keep your dog on a leash at all times to prevent them from wandering into large piles of snow or onto any ice. If your dog gets sick during the winter, take them to a pet care service provider immediately. 


Are you worried about your dog getting sick during the winter? The team at Cat & Dog Hospital of Columbia is here to help your dog stay healthy. Located in Howard County, MD, they have been providing quality pet care services for over 30 years. They offer preventative care services such as vaccinations, spaying, neutering, and flea treatments, as well as surgical and medical services when your pet gets sick. Their veterinarians and staff use state-of-the-art technology to treat pets, so you can be sure that your dog is in good hands. Visit their website to learn more about their pet care services, or call (410) 995-6880 to make an appointment.

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