Paw Pals, a Northern VA pet sitting company, compiled a list of dog walking tips for pet owners who must walk their dogs in cold winter temperatures. These tips can help keep you and your dog safe all through the winter.
Many pet owners do not realize that with the winter comes a whole range of new considerations for their dogs' daily walks. Colder temperatures, slick sidewalks, and salted roads can all require extra time and care. Inadequate preparation for these conditions can cause discomfort and potential injuries to you and your pet, so it's best to prepare before the inclement weather begins.
Dressing for the weather is the first step to having a safe and enjoyable walk. Most dogs can be walked for short periods without extra layers, but puppies, elderly dogs, small breeds, and short-haired dogs may benefit from a jacket. Booties can also help your pet stay warm, gain better grip on icy sidewalks, and avoid damage from salt. If your pet prefers bare paws, be sure to wipe them after walking. Plan your walks ahead of time to help avoid walking during strong winds or heavy snowfall, which can make you and your pet feel colder, and stick to familiar pathways to ensure you're home within a reasonable timeframe. Winter days tend to have less sunlight and more cloud cover, so using a reflective collar and leash can increase visibility. Take care to ensure that your dog does not try to eat anything found on the ground during your walk, as snow-melting chemicals like road salt and antifreeze can cause illness.
Paw Pals can help take the stress out of winter walks. The agency offers daily dog walks and check-ins at affordable prices. Pet owners can stay warm inside, knowing that their pets are being walked by experts who understand the unique challenges and safety precautions necessary for walking dogs during the winter. For more information about convenient dog walking services and other offerings, call Paw Pals at 703-345-1695 or visit the agency online at https://www.localpawpals.com/. Paw Pals is located at 14001-C Saint Germain Drive #213, Centreville, VA 20121.