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Pet Care in the Snow/Ice

Tips for keeping your pet safe in the winter months

After your dog has been playing in the snow, check his feet. There may be snowballs stuck between his toes. If the hair on your dog's feet is long, the snowballs will stick to it.

Snow can also build up on a dog's ears, tail, and belly. It forms little balls of very hard, icy snow and they can stick to the hair on your dog. They can be very cold and painful. Keep your dog on a lead if it is snowing very heavily. Snow can be disorienting and can affect a dog’s sense of smell, so he could easily become lost. Make sure your dog is microchipped and wearing an ID tag incase this does happen.

Grit used to melt snow can cut their paws - make sure you wipe your dog’s legs, feet and stomach when you come indoors after a snowy walk.

Antifreeze is highly poisonous, but tasty to dogs! Keep it well out of their reach.

Never leave your dog in a car during extreme weather, hot or cold.

Do not let your dog walk on frozen ponds – the ice may not be thick enough to take his weight. If your dog does fall through the ice, never be tempted to go after them. Encourage them to swim back to you.