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Archive for November 14th, 2012

Dogs in the cold weather

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Snow and ice can bother a dogs feet but most medium or large breeds can still go on a run or walk.  Here’s a rule of thumb for larger breeds. If you can exercise in the cold without wearing a face mask, your dog should do fine. Make sure to wash your dog’s feet off when he comes inside. Dogs who lick road salt off their paws can develop a skin irritation between their toes. Many large dogs can even stay in the yard on a winter day if they have a dry shelter.  Small, short hair breeds may never be comfortable in the cold.  These small breed can benefit from booties to help prevent frostbite and protect their paws from sharp ice. No matter what precautions you take, if your dog shivers or becomes listless,  get her inside right away.

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