Colder weather and your pets

In Saskatchewan we are all use to the ups and downs of the climate.  Throughout the winter we can go from -40C to a balmy -2C in the span of a couple days.  The warm weather always perks people up and gets them excited to enjoy it while it lasts.  Lots of people will come out of hiding with their dogs and head out for some great snow fun.

There are, however a few things to take caution with when the weather warms up so quickly:

Surfaces can become very slippery with the sudden increase in temperature. The quick rise causes ice crystals to form – it’s what gives that beautiful glittery appearance to everything – which can be a big hazard to both you and your pet.

Especially at risk of injuring when slipping are pets that are overweight, older, and not in the best physical health (weakened or decreased muscle mass). Use care and caution when heading out, check first before allowing your dog to run or chase after a toy.