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Walking your dog safely in autumn and winter

The nights are getting darker and there’s a chill in the air, but your dog still needs regular walks in order to stay fit and healthy. Here are some suggestions to keep both you and your pet safe whilst exercising during the coming months.

Make yourself visible

Lack of daylight sees an increase in traffic accidents, and that includes those involving pedestrians too. Consider wearing a high vis jacket or reflective strips on shoes so that you’re more visible to motorists and invest in a reflective collar or harness and lead for your dog.

Dress appropriately

Autumn weather can be changeable – setting out in the early evening sun can mean getting home in the cold and dark. Wear layers and comfortable shoes. If your dog is a short haired breed, they may benefit from a winter coat. We’re happy to advise if you need further information.

Be contactable and alert

It’s always a good idea to be able to quickly and easily contact someone in case you need assistance – whether for yourself or your dog - when you’re out walking alone. Ensure your phone is charged before you leave home. Be aware of your surroundings so you can listen for traffic, or other dogs; avoiding headphones and music.

Check underfoot

Look out for items on the floor which could be dangerous to your dog – broken glass underneath leaves, acorns or conkers which can cause illness when ingested, and holes or obstacles which could injure you or your pet. Stick to known routes and footpaths.

  • Crofts Veterinary Practice
  • Collards Lane (off Petworth Road)
  • Haslemere
  • Surrey
  • GU27 2HU
  • Telephone: 01428 653056
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