Snow is an irresistible attraction for dogs, who love to run and play on snowy meadows. When in the snow, however, we should take care that our dog doesn’t run into any risks.
Although rolling around on the snow is one of Fido’s favourite activities, snow, especially if ingested, can be harmful to your dog.
Why do dogs love snow?
There is a special relationship between dogs and snow. The reasons are both sensory and playful.
Snow stimulates the dog’s senses and makes him curious. The snowy surface hides the landscape to which he is used to and shows him something new. Dogs perceive new smells and see new things in the snow.
Secondly, snow is a source of never-ending fun. Dogs can run, roll around and have fun with toys such as Ferplast’s Puller.
Do all dogs love snow?
Not all dogs love snow, because not all breeds can withstand the cold in the same way. Dogs without an undercoat, with a short coat and of small stature, for example, suffer from low temperatures.
Risk factors for your dog
Dogs in the snow not only enjoy themselves but can also run potential risks from ingestion and contact with the frozen surface.
Beware if dogs eat snow
It is not uncommon for dogs to dip his muzzle into the snow. This behaviour is essentially linked to the desire for knowledge and the pleasant feeling of coolness associated with ingestion. If your dog only eats a little snow, you do not need to worry. But, on the other hand, however, snow may cause congestion or irritation of the stomach and intestines with unpleasant consequences. If the dog does not heal spontaneously by fasting for a day or so, medication is required.
Beware of any icy surface
Although your dog’s paws are always warm, because a dense network of veins runs through them, prolonged contact with snow can cause injuries. When temperatures fall below freezing or when your dog has to go on long walks, it is best to equip yourself.
Beware of sun glare
The reflection of the sun on the snow can be irritating for your dog’s eyes. To keep your dog’s eyes moisturised, it is useful to use chamomile-based eye drops with a soothing effect or a special tear gel.
Being in the snow is an exciting adventure for your dog, and a few simple things are enough to ensure that the fun never stops.