Our four-legged friends absolutely love the snow. However, snowfall can also mean trouble for our dogs, just like it can for us. But at least your dog won't be late to work because the trains got stuck...
Snow and your dog's skin
Each time you venture out into the snow, it is important to protect your dog's paw-pads from being damaged by the snow. If you are going on holiday to a snowy area, you should perhaps get a special cream that will protect your dog from wounds and infections in their paws. Application of this creme should start two to three weeks before your departure.
After each outing, it is advised to dry your dog thoroughly, particularly on their tummy and between their paw-toes. This will prevent freezing and chapping.
Snow and your dog's eyes
Just like for humans, the reflection of the sun on the snow can damage your dog's eyes. Given that there haven't yet been invented sunglasses for dogs, it is preferable not to let your dog be exposed to this reflection for too long.
When grit salt has been scattered where you've been walking with your dog, it is important to wash your dog's paws thoroughly after you come home. If you leave it, it can provoke irritation in your dog's paws. Your dog will automatically lick it, which will aggravate the lesions.
If you suspect that your dog has ingested some grit, get to the vet's as soon as you can. Ingestion of grit salt can prove to be poisonous which will make itself known through vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal spasms. In serious cases, the dog can present with problems of the nervous system.
Ingestion of snow
You have definitely noticed that dogs love to eat snow. However, if they eat too much, snow can provoke digestive issues which will present as vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure that your dog doesn't eat too much snow when you go for walks.
With this advice, you can now safely go out into the snow with your dog. If you have any questions or queries, don't hesitate to ask a question on the forum or your own vet.