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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