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Dogs in the cold

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Snow and ice can bother a dog’s feet but most medium or large breeds could still go on a winter run or walk. A rule of thumb for the average Lab is that if you could exercise without a face mask, he should do fine but wash his feet off when he comes inside. Dogs who lick road salt off their paws could develop a skin irritation between their toes. Many large dogs could even stay in the yard on a winter day if they have a dry shelter. Short, small breeds like Chihuahua’s may never be comfortable in the cold. You may even consider putting booties on them to prevent frostbite and protect their paws from sharp ice. No matter what precautions that you take, if your dog shivers or becomes listless, get her inside right away!

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