Snow provides a great medium for all sorts of backyard fun! And it also offers up the perfect canvas for creative pooches who wish to write messages, color it in various shades of yellow or build a snow dog to partner up with the snow human sitting in the front yard...
Amidst all the winter fun, it's also important to remain aware of winter hazards! I recently received a note from our buddy Ruby (featured in today's photo gallery) asking me to alert readers about the dangers of being off-leash near semi-frozen bodies of water like ponds and lakes. I want to thank Ruby for the alert as it's timely and super important for the safety of canines, other companion animals and their humans!
It can be hard to judge the stability of frozen water, and thinner patches of ice can be extremely dangerous to everyone- humans and four-leggers alike- who attempt to walk on top or them. It is critical that humans assure the safety of their companion animals who might encounter any such bodies of water this time of year.
Securing dogs on leash for all winter walks, and any time spent outdoors is absolutely essential, regardless of how obedient the pooch. A squirrel, blowing leaf, or goose about to to take flight can all spark sudden interest, leading Fido to disregard area hazards in pursuit of some up-close investigation. It's best to take all precautions, especially given the sudden and grave danger such a circumstance can present.
A big thanks to Ruby and her human for reminding us of this important precaution.
Stay safe and enjoy frolicking in that fluffy white stuff!
Dr. Pia Salk