All dogs love to go for walks in the snow; they run, roll in the snow and quickly get a taste of the winter season. Without a doubt, our dogs have fun as soon as they step outside. But returning from the walk or a trip to the city park, they can be bothered by snowballs or ice.
If your dog has a short coat, there’s no problem. Just towel off your pet and you’re good to go. But for your long-haired pet, certain precautions need to be taken. Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien in the heart of Montreal, in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, has some useful tips for you if your pet comes home with snowballs on its body and legs.
Your Dog’s Long Coat and Snowballs!
First and foremost, it’s important to ensure that your pet, young or old, warms up after their winter exercise. You should not let him lie down wet in the cold. It is important to prevent the animal from developing early discomfort.
Before all else, we must remove the snowballs and ice that are attached to their body hair and legs, strand by strand with the help of a metal comb before using the towel to prevent the formation of knots that would be difficult to undo thereafter. Then, with your fingers, remove the balls of snow and ice from the animal’s paws.
Recently, a dog had this experience after his morning walk in a large city park. After having walked three quarters of the promenade, he was unable to go further; his paws were covered with very dense snowballs. His master took him in his arms to his car. Once at home, the snowballs and ice on the dog had to be removed but, beforehand, he was dried off to make him more comfortable.
The following week, during his grooming session, the professional had to trim the hair on the animal’s belly, because it had not been untangled enough. Since the knots were very dense, the groomer had to do this to make the dog more comfortable.
From this story, we suggest that once the combing is done and the snow is removed, it is also important to rub your pet with a dry towel. This will prevent your dog from any chapping, frostbite or injuries that he could self-inflict by biting himself to remove the snow.
Warning! Some thin skin regions are more susceptible to cold and irritation by snow. That is the case of testicle skin in males and the teats for females. Verify that no lesions appear in those areas.
In short, winter is a happy season for dogs, especially when they are walking in the snow. These few tips will help make your pet’s life even easier and avoid certain troubles. When making your return, a brief visual inspection can quickly relieve your pet.
Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien: The Right Place!
With more than 20 years of experience, the animal health professionals at Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien excel through their knowledge and great listening skills. With a dynamic team eager to serve you, Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien in the heart of Montreal, in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, takes care of your beloved pets. Do not wait any longer, come and discover a talented team that is always available for your doggy and kitty!