In many other of our articles we have explained how to spend a great vacation with your furry. Also to take it to the mountain or to any other place where you like to clear yourself a few days but without separating from your dog. As well, This time we will talk about tips to go with your dog to the snow.
However, the snow is abrasive, so before deciding to take our dog, we must take into account certain things and take some precautions.
Protect your dog from the cold
No matter what breed your dog is, even if it is a husky, you have to protect it from the cold. Although it is true that animals with long hair will suffer less, they must also be sheltered. And this is especially necessary for dogs with short hair.
In animal stores and even in some sports you can find everything you need to protect your dog from the cold if you decide to take it to the snow.
Protect your legs
You already know that the pads of your dog's paws is one of the most delicate areas of his body. You must protect them this time, it is essential for the day to go well and without incident.
In veterinary stores you can find reinforcers for the pads of the legs that are applied days before going to the snow.
As well When you are already in the snow, apply on these petroleum jelly several times a day. This will act as a protective film preventing the animal from being damaged. In addition, due to its high level of hydration, it will protect you from cuts and chafing that cold can cause.
Check your pads several times during the ride and if you see cracks or anything else, apply petroleum jelly several times a day.
Dogs eat anything they find. Thus monitoring it during the walk will be essential, since the most logical thing is to throw snow. In addition, this could cause stomach problems as well as nausea and vomiting.
Watching it will also be vital so you don't get lost. Remember that in large spaces where there are many people this can happen easily.
Although the weather in the snow is cold, it is possible that the day you have chosen is sunny. The effect of the king star with snow is similar to what happens on the beach. Therefore you must be careful that your dog is not exposed to it for a long time.
Even if you've put on a coat, There are areas like your nose that are very sensitive and could end up burning.
Don't let it loose
You must be careful in what areas you allow your dog to walk loose. You have to look for places where there are children or people who simply walk or play with snowballs.
If your dog went to the ski or sled area, he could have an accident. Or worse, cause it to others. This would put you in a very delicate situation.
As you can see, it is not an impossible challenge to go with your dog to the snow, much less. It is one of the places of nature where you can take your animal and you will also love it. You will see how it runs through the snow and stirred in it. It sure makes you laugh many times in the day.
But nevertheless, do not forget these tips so that the day ends well and you can both enjoy it.
Protect it from the cold
If you have short hair it is very important that you put on a coat that protects you from the coldWell, if we don't do it, I would run a serious risk of hypothermia. In case you have it long and abundant, or you have two layers of hair (such as German shepherds, Siberian huskys or Samoyed) you will not need to wear anything, but it will not hurt to take a jacket for him, just in case .
Keep it under control
Do not lose sight of it at any time, as it could be lost. Before leaving, we have to put a necklace with an identification plate, or even a necklace with GPS. In this way, we can have a great time knowing where you are.
In the event that you have not yet learned to come to our call, we do not have to leave it loose at any time because the risk of losing it is very high.
Following these tips, we can enjoy a fabulous day in the snow.
How to go with your dog to the snow
- Lucky January 22, 2018 Cu>
The vast majority of dogs love to run through the snow with their owner. A very fun activity, for which we must adequately protect our dog to prevent it from constipating or having problems in the pads. Do you want to know what precautions you should take when you take your dog to the snow? Do not miss the advice we give you below.
Yujuuu! I take the dog to the snow!
Every time of the year has its stuff, and snow is the funniest part of the cold winter. When we prepare to spend a weekend in the snow, it can also be a great opportunity for our dog to have a different weekend at our side. He will enjoy it a lot because what they like most is spending time with us. That does not mean that I should follow some precautions when I decide that I take the dog to the snow.
Physical structure of the dog.
The different dog breeds that exist today make it impossible to generalize on any subject. Well, its conditions are extremely different.
Small dogs tend to be more active and therefore have a higher energy consumption. If we add that their size is reduced that also means they have to spend more energy to maintain their body temperature.
The thickness of the dog is also a determining point, the wider the greater the storage of heat energy. And the finest will spend more to maintain their temperature.
Types of hairs.
Wooly hairs are the most insulating. Hairs like those of the Spanish water dog or the poodles being so curly and fluffy are those that best fulfill the protective function, they are a real natural coat (as long as they have a sufficient length, it is clear)
Then we have hairs like Kan's, long and straight. Kan has two clearly differentiated coatings in summer and winter. The winter one consists of long hairs and other softer and shorter inner fur. This is a fine hair that fulfills the insulating function during the winter and when spring comes it falls out.
We also have short hairs that are undoubtedly the least insulating, and these dogs therefore we should dress them more, because they are more cold.
Precautions when playing in the snow
When I take the dog to the snow I have to make sure I take everything he needs. In our case it is essential:
- Outerwear that covers your belly
- warm blanket
- towel, both to dry and to put on the seat and not stain everything
Let's get in situation: when we get to the snow we run to play at that moment the dog is usually excited and happy. If we do active games the dog will stay warm and it will not be essential to be dressed. But as soon as we relax it will cool very quickly so if we stop playing we must dry immediately with the towel and dress him in order to help maintain the temperature it has reached during the games.
We usually wear 2 coats, one thinner and more comfortable, which he wears from the beginning with which he plays, runs ... and another thicker and therefore less comfortable. That we put you to be relaxed, walking through the snowy city, when you go to dinner (inside the restaurant you take it off).
One of the compelling reasons to use the thin coat during games is to prevent it from getting wet, because when wet it is easy to then freeze your hair. This cannot always be avoided, Kan loves water and when he runs he always wants to bathe ... it always is always. Well, many times I have been thrown into frozen rivers with clothes and everything, but really frozen with floating ice cubes ... is that the uncle has no filter 😮
In these cases, all we can do is go to a warm place until it dries completely.
Our standard procedure:
- Play and enjoy to the fullest.
- Dry it well, being careful to remove the ice balls that usually form on the feet. Between the fingers.
- Dress him in dry clothes and give him a plate of hot food.
- Let him rest covered with the blanket.
- If we don't let him, we get along well with our activity.
NOTE: Hot food is sure to get your attention. What we do whenever we go to the mountain is to bring wet food. Then we enter the bar and tell him if he gives us (sells) a cup of boiling water, of the infusions. Then we put the wet food in the feeder, which is super cold to be in the van, and add the boiling water. We usually crush it a little so that it looks more like a thick soup. Then he eats it all warm and is ready to rest.
What do we do in the ski resorts?
We can make a great route with snowshoes through the forest, it is great to walk among the snowy trees. Enjoy the silence and loneliness that these forests provide. Hopefully we will see some animal that would be impossible in the hustle and bustle of the tracks.
If we go to the ski resorts in Spain as the ski pass is so expensive we usually take turns and so one stays with Kan always. But when there is the option to buy only 2 hours it is what we choose. In that case we do all the usual procedure and after he has eaten we leave a maximum of 2 hours in the van *, he remains dressed and with the blanket. When we return, he is always superheated and asleep.
*EYE: These tips are what I carry for my 20 kg dog and long hair, and it is a van not a twingo. Before leaving a short-haired dog or a small dog you must make sure that it is not cold. I even decided that I could leave him alone, I have been testing 15 times in 15 minutes coming back to check that I had warm ears. To see how the situation is, it is best to try the experience in yourself. Only then can you be calm. Be very careful with this.
Long routes walking through the snowy mountain.
This choice is where the coldest is passed, because you walk slowly. In this case my recommendation is to always be dressed in an intermediate coat that covers your belly.
As we are habitual of the snow we have enough coats, I make them myself by recycling old jackets.
The fundamental reason for me to decide to make my own clothes is that the ones on sale for large dogs never convinced me! so now I design mine so that my belly is well covered.
Indicators of the dog's body temperature:
The ears They are the main reference, when a dog starts to cool down. The first where the temperature is reduced are the ears. They reduce blood supply to the cartilaginous area, so when your ears start to get cold, the temperature drops drastically. They do the same when they are very hot increases the influx of blood to these areas and thus cools the body temperature.
The feet, the temperature variations in the feet are very curious. When you are walking through the snow, your feet are frozen, really cold. And once you leave the snow and you are drying your feet, the temperature rises very quickly. Normally the dog licks them to dry them and give them heat, as well as to remove the ice stones that form between their fingers.
These have been our main conclusions after two winters living in the snow, I hope you find them useful.
2 responses to “I take the dog to the snow”
Hello, I find the article very interesting, but there is something I disagree about, and that is what influences the length of the hair in its isolation, the short-haired deer, live with the long-haired wolves, and there is the same winter for two
Good eye Juan 😉
You will see that not all hairs are the same, long thin, long fat or short thinner and thicker. But if I dare to generalize in all the long-haired dogs I know, the summer to winter fur varies greatly. In winter my dogs, with long hair, have another layer of very thin short hair between the long ones. When the heat arrives and the molt is activated, they lose all this layer of short fine hair and stay all summer long with only long hairs.
Regarding short hairs, they are thicker hairs and do not have the inner "fluff" layer that isolates them from seasonal cold.
In the Canidae family, we see hair variations in the current dog breeds, distributed throughout the world without adaptation criteria. But if we look at the more "old" breeds we will see that Nordic dogs, or mountain dogs (husky, Samoyed, buoy, Caucasian mastiff, Pyrenees ...) we see that these dogs all have long hair and are cold places. If we do the same reflection with short-haired dogs (canary bulldog, chihuahua ...) and surprisingly we see that they are places ... let's say without snow 😮
With regard to the Cervidae family, I think you can do the same reflection by comparing the deer fur with other deer with a colder geographical distribution, like a moose.
I think it is not very real to stick to the idea of thermal insulation based on the fur between two animals as different as a canid and a cervix.
Anyway, what gives our current dogs that live inside the house, with stable 20 degrees ... they are much cooler than the stray, because they are accustomed to the good life 😉
Regards Juan! I loved answering you