Even in autumn and winter, dogs have to go out into the fresh air several times a day. There are some special features to consider when walking, because in the cold and dark seasons there are several dangers for dog and owner. You should pay particular attention to these five aspects on autumn walks and winter walks with the dog.
Damp weather and fallen leaves are a dangerous mix. If the first frost occurs, the floor becomes slippery and slippery.
Regardless of whether you are out on foot or by bike: If your dog pulls on the leash, you can slip quickly. In addition, drivers of cars, motorcycles and bicycles cannot brake so quickly on slippery surfaces and in wet conditions, which is why double caution is required when walking in autumn and winter.
Warning: slightly frozen waters are treacherous, the ice is still very thin and can collapse.
It is slippery and slippery on walks in autumn and winter. © alexei_tm-stock.adobe.com
When taking your dog for a walk in autumn, you should make sure that your dog does not eat or nibble on acorns or chestnuts. Acorns contain the substance tannin, which is toxic to dogs. Depending on the amount, the dog can vomit, diarrhea, or fatal kidney failure.
In addition, swallowed acorns can lead to life-threatening intestinal obstruction. Small pieces of glans, especially the pointed shell, can also damage the intestinal wall. The same goes for chestnuts.
In this context, caution is particularly important when the dog is digging through a pile of leaves: Here it can swallow acorns and chestnuts without you noticing. In addition, worm eggs are often hidden in the foliage. Therefore, you should also take a wormer in autumn.
Dogs shouldn’t eat acorns on autumn walks. © Virginia-stock.adobe.com
Dogs should not drink from puddles during autumn and winter walks. This is because bacteria can collect in the puddles, which small rodents such as mice or rats excrete in the urine. The so-called leptospira feel particularly comfortable in stagnant waters.
If dogs drink from puddles or water holes that contain these bacteria, they become infected with the deadly disease leptospirosis!
This danger does not only exist in autumn and winter, but all year round! The leptospira feel particularly comfortable in warm waters, but can also last for several weeks in cool waters! Especially in autumn it rains a lot and the puddles are always full.
The bacteria spreads in the dog’s body within about a week. The first symptoms of leptospirosis during this time are often non-specific in dogs. These include:
If the dog is not treated in the early stages of the disease, it will lead to fatal kidney failure. It is therefore important that you …
There are vaccinations against leptospirosis in dogs. However, it is important that a vaccine is used that protects against all four subspecies of the pathogen. Older vaccines often do not meet this criterion, which is why vaccinated dogs can also develop leptospirosis. It is best to ask your veterinarian for advice.
Not fully vaccinated dogs should never drink from puddles when walking! © nataba-stock.adobe.com
In autumn and winter it gets light late and dark early. Morning and evening walks therefore often take place at dusk or in the dark. You should therefore pay attention to the following when taking a walk:
Warning: reflectors only flash when light falls on them. Where there is no street lighting, only the luminous collar draws attention to the wearer.
The dog should also be equipped with lights for walks in autumn and winter. © Angela Rohde-stock.adobe.com
With regard to grooming and the dog’s health, there are some special features in autumn and winter. You should pay attention to these aspects before, during and after a walk in the cold seasons: