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Dashing through the snow can be harmful for your pets

Like it or not, Calgary dog owners still have to walk their dogs despite the near Arctic conditions in the forecast. Here are some tips for taking care of man's best friend in sub-zero temperatures.

Calgary veterinarian gives dog owners advice to cope with the cold snap

Cold weather can be harmful to your dog

6 years ago
Duration 0:46
Dogs and cold weather don't always mix

Like it or not, Calgary dog owners still have to walk their dogs despite the near Arctic conditions in the forecast.

Here are some tips from veterinarian Dr. Jenefer Stillion for taking care of man's best friend in sub-zero temperatures.

Stillion recommends having your pet's health checked before you go outside because the cold can worsen existing conditions like arthritis and make it more difficult for them to regulate their body heat. 

If you can't stand it, neither can your pets

"In general, we recommend that we keep our pets indoors when the temperatures are sub-zero," said Stillion,

If it's too cold for you outside for a prolonged period of time, it's too cold for your pets. Consider taking shorter walks and wear windbreakers. 

Take care of their feet when walking on icy surfaces, and avoid sidewalk salt.

"Inspect their footpads for cuts and abrasions," said Stillion. 

Keep pets away from toxic, cold-weather products like anti-freeze and washer fluid.

With files from Monty Kruger

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