It seems that winter was pretty late in our end of the world. Spring is coming, but way slower than expected and cold weather is just getting stronger. So how can you help your dog feel as comfortable as possible in this time of the year?
Winter can be very brutal on our dog paw pads. They are exposed to the elements and toxic chemicals, the paw pads are at risk for drying, cracking, trauma, frostbite and chemical burns. Don’t worry though, there are some tips and products that can help you out.
There are many protective balms available to help you protect your dog’s paws. Do your research to find what works for your dog, but keep in mind to look for balms that contain natural ingredients since it all can and will get into your dog’s blood system.
PAWS READY, SET, GO!
Before using the balm, make sure the paw is groomed. Good grooming is essential for healthy winter feet. If your dog has long hair use a clipper to keep the hair between the paw pads short, so that it is even with the pad.
Trim the hair around the paws, make sure none of the hair comes into contact with the ground. This will help prevent ice balls from forming between and around the paw pads which can be painful and result in trauma. Keep the nails trimmed too. Long nails in winter can force the paw to splay out and make it more likely that snow and ice will accumulate between the paw pads.
Apply a thin, even layer of balm just before going out for a walk. After the walk wipe your dog’s paws with a warm washcloth to remove snow and ice. After that you can apply another layer of balm to keep them from drying out and get rid of irritation. Dog Paw Balm can be found in most pet stores. If you can’t find Paw Balm, you can also use Vaseline as an alternative.
Another option to protect your dog’s paws is dog boots. These boots are made by various companies and can be easily found online and in pet stores. They can protect the paw by helping them stay dry and prevent exposure to salt and snow. Keep in mind to use them as instructed by the manufacturer.
SALT CAN BE TOXIC
Be aware that salt can be toxic to our furry friends. Try to keep your dog away from roads and sidewalks that have been heavily treated with salt and other chemicals. After a walk immediately wash your dog’s paws with warm water to help prevent them from ingesting any salt or chemicals that may be on their paws.
Winter can be really tough on our dog’s feet, but good grooming and protecting the paws by using a balm or boots can help you keep your pooches paws healthy.
Tell us how you take care of your pooches paws.