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  • Notch Hill Labradoodles

Fun In the Snow: Cold-weather Outings with Your Labradoodle

  • Dogs lose heat through their ears and feet.

  • In extreme cold weather believe-it-or-not your dog can get frostbite on their paw-pads. 

  • Don't Leave Dog in Car – You would think this warning falls into having common sense? Don't leave your dog in the car unattended for anytime during extreme weather periods – cold or hot. 

  • Frozen lakes and pondsAnimals don't realize what "thin ice" is. Once they fall in, it is very difficult for them to climb out and hypothermia is a very real and life-threatening danger. "Ice skating" dogs are prone to injuries such as cruciate tears if allowed to "skate" with their humans. This is also true of icy walks

  • Of course, your pet still needs exercise when it’s cold. Do your best to walk were shrubbery will block a lot of the biting winds. Take care not to walk on slippery roads with narrow shoulders; the risk with cars passing by is much too great. Also be sure to keep your pet on a leash and have them properly identified with a microchip, ID tags, or both.

  • Take precaution when playing. Although your dog is likely to be having a great time outdoors, take frequent indoor breaks for water and warming up and don't ever stay out too long. If you are walking or playing in unfamiliar areas, keep your dog close. It is easy for them to venture onto unsafe ground….for example, some ponds and lakes are small and can be hidden by snow and ice and pose hazards to unsuspecting frolicking dogs.

  • Don’t let your dog eat snow. The snow may cause stomach upset or there may be hidden objects in the snow.

  • booties can help give your dog a better grip and prevent slipping on ice.

  • At 10 degrees, the animals only go outside to go to the bathroom.

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