Winter survival tips for dogs

Howard Baker - RN BSN

Old Man Winter must have overslept this year but wasted no time getting down to business this week with our first snow of the season. I predict this year we will see record snowfall. We have officially kicked off our snowy season and no better time to enjoy some outdoor fun. Hobo and I love playing in the snow and taking advantage of the stillness, calm, and delight of snow. If nothing else, snow causes us to pause at least for a moment and if we are fortunate, we can reminisce of winters past as we enjoy nature and all its glory. The secret to enjoying winter is really like any other season—being prepared, dressing for the occasion, and making the most of the moment.

Just as people have various levels of cold weather tolerance so do our pets. Consider your pet’s age and any health conditions they may have. Older dogs may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and be apt to falling. I advocate for all dogs and cats to be kept inside during cold weather. It’s a myth that domesticated animals are resistant to cold weather because of their fur. If temperatures are below-freezing bring your pets inside.

I use Musher’s Secret to protect Hobo’s paws year round—but really advocate its use during winter months. Musher’s Secret helps condition paws and prevents ice and snow build-up. Less snow and ice on paws reduces tracking into the house which saves time getting the pack back into the home. This product also protects paws from chemicals used to de-ice sidewalks that can cause injury. Musher’s Secret is must have product for us. Learn more

Dress for the occasion and your dog is no exception. Hobo has several coats to help keep him warm on his walks and when we are out enjoying the winter weather. Walk and play in style, but make sure your pup’s clothing does not restrict their sight, hearing or movement. Clothing should fit properly and kept dry for the best comfort and protection.

Old Man Winter has awakened for the season so relish the moments and take your dog on your winter adventures. The memories you make will last a lifetime for each of you. Like Hobo the Wonder Dog on Facebook and send us pictures of you and your dog enjoying the season, we would love to hear from you.

Please remember, just as cars heat up quickly in summer months, cars cool down quickly in winter months. Never leave your dog in a car unattended even for a minute.

Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]

Howard Baker


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