How to take care of your dog in winter

With winter comes cold, darkness, sleet and snow - and this can lead to problems for our dogs. Fortunately, there are a number of easy tips you can follow to take good care of your dog. Here we have collected 5.

1. Keep the dog's paws clean of snow and salt

When the dog goes out in snow and freezing weather in winter, the paws are exposed to an extra dose of cold. This makes the foot pads sensitive and more prone to tears and cracks. When the pavement is salted to prevent slippery roads, the dog is at risk of getting salt into the cracks. It is painful for the dog, which is why you should always clean the paws after a walk. Check the paws for wounds, redness and tears after the walk and rinse them for snow, salt and dirt. If your dog is very sensitive and exposed, you can also try using paw wax.

2. Keep the dog warm and dry

We humans wrap up well against the cold of winter, but we are not the only ones who can feel the temperature drop. Some dogs naturally freeze more than others, but they all benefit from being warm and dry quickly after a cold and wet walk. A drysuit is a really good help here. When you come home cold and wet from your walk, you put the dog's dry suit on and thus avoid the cold and damp settling in. It is also smart if the dog has to wait in a cold car for a while. With the drying suit on, it is guaranteed extra warmth during the time you are away.

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3. Keep the dog visible in traffic

Winter is not only cold but also dark. Especially on the early morning walks and late evening walks. A small light or reflector can therefore be a great way to make you and your dog more visible in traffic. You can find many special lights designed to easily click on the dog's collar or harness. Our latest models of drying blankets have also had reflectors sewn in along the neck seam, at the nape and at the back of the bum. You will find that with the Solution and Spirit 2.0 blankets. That way, you are safer if you are one of those who walk the dog wearing its drying blanket.

4. Keep the hairs short between the paws

It can also be advantageous to trim the dog's hair down between the paws. If you have a long-haired dog, the long hairs on the paws can be an unfortunate cocktail with snowy roads, as the wet hairs can collect into frozen clumps of ice. It is also easier to clean the paws of salt and dirt after the walk if the paws are trimmed a bit.

5. Avoid slippery surfaces on the walk

If it is slippery outside, it may be a good idea to avoid tarmac roads and pavements on the walk, and instead try to find an alternative route on grass, paths or gravel. This gives the dog a safer surface to walk on, and reduces the risk of it slipping and hitting itself. At the same time, you also avoid the salt problem when you pay attention to the surface on your walk.

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