Snow and ice can bother a dog’s feet, but most medium and large breeds can still go on a winter run or walk. A rule of thumb for the average Labrador Retriever is – if you can exercise without a face mask, he should do fine. But wash your dog’s feet off when he comes inside. Dogs who lick road salt off their paws can develop a skin irritation between their toes.
Many large dogs can even stay in the yard on a winter day if they have a dry shelter. But small, short-haired breeds like Chihuahuas may never be comfortable in the cold. These pups can benefit from booties to help prevent frostbite and protect their paws from sharp ice. But no matter what precautions you take, if your dog shivers or becomes listless, get her inside right away.