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How to get your dog ready for Winter

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How to get your dog ready for Winter

Winter can bring both adverse weather conditions and beautiful scenic walks for you and your dog.

When the weather is cold outside it can be difficult to keep up with walkies at this time of year.

Going for a walk isn’t just about burning energy, it’s also good for your dog’s health and wellbeing.

We’ve created some useful tips to help keep you and your dog safe and warm through the winter months.

Keep both your pet and you cosy on walks.

Does my dog need a coat?

Just like us humans, all dogs are individual, and some may feel the cold more than others.

  • If your dog has a short coat or is a smaller breed, like greyhounds, they may struggle to keep warm in the colder weather.
  • Other breeds including Labradors and German shepherds have thicker coats that help to keep them warm and may not need a coat.

Don’t forget to keep paws warm.

Your dog may lift their paws or stop more often when out on walks and it could be because their paws are too cold.

  • Get some winter boots to help protect their paws.
  • Most dogs may need to get used to the boots and you can introduce them slowly in house.
  • If your dog does not like wearing the boots, do not force them.

Walking your dog in the snow.

  • Wipe your dog’s paws when you come home from a walk. There may be salt and grit on pavements and paths that can get in between your dog’s toes and irritate them. It can also be toxic to dogs if they lick it off their paws.
  • Keep them warm in a coat and boots.
  • Stay away from frozen lakes, ponds or water and keep your dog on a lead near them to avoid any falls through the ice.
  • Try to not let your dog eat snow as it can lower their body temperature and may contain harmful chemicals or objects that can be easily swallowed.

Walking your dog when it’s dark.

You can help to keep you and your dog visible to motorists and other people when walking in the dark by taking these things with you:

  • Wear bright and reflective clothing, including a flashing or reflective collar for your dog.
  • A light-up ball can you help you find it and not lose it in the park.
  • Take a torch or stay to lighted areas to help you see better in the dark.
  • If you must walk down country roads, walk against the traffic, and keep your dog on the right of you away from the traffic.
  • Walk with a friend or group to help with peace of mind.
  • Make sure your dog easily comes back to you when called when letting them off the lead.
  • Keep your dog’s microchip details updated with your correct contact information.

When you get home.

Dry your dog’s coat and paws after each walk to keep them warm.

  • Don’t forget to dry in between their toes.
  • Use a towel to thoroughly dry them and remove any wet patches of fur.


Pet care advice when you need it the most.

If your pet is unwell our 24/7 advice service may help save you an unnecessary trip to the vet.

Speak to a vet or vet nurse by phone, chat, and video.

Our pet care service also offers behavioural and nutritional support, to help you take care of your pet.

Learn more about our petconnect service

Do you need pet insurance?

We understand being a pet parent can be tough, especially if your pet becomes ill or gets injured.

It’s important to consider pet insurance if you have a pet, as cover can help cover the cost of vet fees should your cat or dog need to visit the vet.

Compare our insurance plans and get a quote through our website using the following link.

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By Melissa Pickburn

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