Dogs Trust

Keeping your dog safe this winter

The winter season is a flurry of festive fun, but it's important that we don't forget to prepare our four-legged friends for winter, and the potential hazards of winter walks. 

  • Our top tip is to "let it grow, let it grow, let it grow..." Let your dog's winter coat grow, and particularly if you have a puppy, short-haired or older dog, buy him a sensible winter coat. Make sure it's high visibility so he can be seen in the dark, and keep nice and warm too! 
  • With snow forecast for many parts of the country in the coming weeks, make sure you keep your dog on his lead during heavy snow. Snow can be disorientating, which means your dog can get lost easily.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and an ID tag. It's also incredibly important that your dog is microchipped, and that the chip is updated to include your current address. Having your dog microchipped is one of the best ways to increase his chance of getting home should he get lost or stolen. As of April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped, so take a look at our Chip My Dog campaign to find out all about it - and make sure your dog's chip is up to date! 
  • After walks, especially in the snow, wipe your dogs stomach, legs and feet as grit from the roads can be extremely irritating.
  • Whether it is cold or hot, never leave your dog in a car.
  • Never let your pup walk on frozen ponds as the ice may not be thick enough to take his weight. If your dog does fall through ice, never be tempted to go in after him. If you can, encourage him to swim back towards you whilst you call the emergency services. 
  • And last but not least, it's very important to make sure that any tempting household items are out of reach, especially antifreeze which is a common necessity at this time of year. Antifreeze is highly poisonous, but tasty to dogs so do make sure you mop up any spillages. 

Paula Boyden, Dogs Trust Veterinary Director says:

"With British winter's long nights and cold days, it is important to keep you and your dog safe and warm when you are out walking. We remind dog owners to follow the advice to make sure your dogs have a wonderful, warm and safe winter."

If you would like to purchase a winter coat / blanket / or toy for a dog in our care please visit your local centres Amazon wishlist :).