The dog walk in winter
While out walking , remember that puppies and older dogs (six years old and older) as well as dogs in poor health are more fragile and less resistant to cold. Limit their exit and the duration of the walk.
Feel free to wear a dog coat , especially if it is a breed with little hair.
On return, if your dog is wet, a friction with the towel will be welcome, while the dirt will be eliminated with the washcloth rather than by a bath.
In snowy weather, precautions must be taken
Do not let your dog eat snow , it may give him over-hydration diarrhea, or vomiting.
The pads of the legs are particularly sensitive and fragile to the biting salt spread on the roads and sidewalks.
You can protect your pads by smearing them with a Vaseline type body fat or by buying suitable socks.
On return, you can rinse your dog’s paws to eliminate any trace of corrosive product. Spread the pads well, it is between them that salt is more easily housed.
My dog at the assembly
Avoid doing heavy exercises or long-term efforts to your dog while you are in the mountains.
The increase in cardiac risk due to oxygen depletion is greater at altitude.
Monitor older dogs in the mountains
Be careful in older dogs (6 years old and over) or suffering from respiratory insufficiency, or sick. Consult your veterinarian to know the tolerable altitude for your dog, whether or not he enters a risk category.
A period of adaptation for puppies
The puppy will need a period of adaptation of about a week.