5 Winter Dangers for Dogs—and How to Avoid Them

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By: Jessica Brody, Guest Writer

Most dog owners love playing with their dogs in the snow—seeing how they react to playing with snowballs, encountering snowmen, and chasing neighborhood kids while they slide down hills on sleds. But as much fun as winter brings for our dogs, it can also bring some dangers. It’s important to be aware of the hazards winter poses to your dog’s health so you can take the necessary steps to protect him.

1. Take Breaks During Walks

Even if your dog is full of energy, you need to take breaks when you walk him or go for a hike. The breaks help keep his paws and coat free of snow, ice, and salt or de-icing products. While you walk, you may find that your dog tries to lick the snow off his feet—the problem is the more he licks, the more snow sticks. Frequently stopping to wipe off your dog’s paws is best, especially since he may be licking off salt and ice melt that can make him very sick.

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4 Signs Your Dog Was Exposed to Pool Chemicals

By: Vee Cecil, Guest Writer

You can take every precaution in the book to keep your dog out of harm’s way, but as any owner of a curious pooch knows, they’ll do their best to get around the obstacles you put in front of them. That was the case last summer when my parents’ dog found his way into the small shed where they keep their pool chemicals.

If your pooch loves the pool, keep him safe from toxic chemicals and know how to react if he gets his paws on something he shouldn't. Image via Flickr.

If your pooch loves the pool, keep him safe from toxic chemicals and know how to react if he gets his paws on something he shouldn’t. Image via Flickr.

Though my parents always kept the door locked, on this occasion the last person out had forgotten to latch the door. So it didn’t take long for their always curious dog to find his way into the space that he’s normally locked out of.

By the time my mom found him, he’d already managed to knock over the chlorine container. Of course, my parents were extremely worried about the possibility of a chemical poisoning. They immediately researched what symptoms to look out for and monitored their dog closely.

Knowing these symptoms is important for all dog owners. Immediately recognizing what signs indicate a poisoning instead of wasting critical time researching could save your dog’s life. Here are key symptoms of a chemical poisoning.

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe from Deadly Diseases

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Poor Yellow Dog after emergency surgery. Avoid this harrowing experience by arming yourself with the right knowledge.

Our furry friends can’t tell us when they don’t feel well. If they could, chances are we could prevent serious illnesses or complications. But since our pups can’t tell us when they’re sick, we’ve got you covered with a list of some serious, yet preventable, diseases and how to catch them early. From kidney disease to cancer to the little known but dangerous fungal diseases, check out our latest article for the Rover.com blog covering 8 Potentially Deadly (and Preventable) Dog Diseases.

And if you haven’t seen the Rover.com blog yet, check it out! It’s full of fun tips and resources for pet parents and animal lovers.