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7 tips on how to protect dog paws from winter and snow

Does your dog love the outdoors, no matter the weather and his paws are often unprotected? Learn how to keep your puppy's paws happy and healthy with these easy-to-follow tips!

13 November 2018

Sarah

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How to protect dog paws from winter and snow? Winter can be a tough time for your dog. Exposure to chilly air, rain, and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy skin. But these aren’t the only discomforts dogs can suffer from in winter…here is an overview of more winter hazards for your dog.

Winter hazards for your dog

  • Toxic chemical agents on the streets
  • Ice melting salt is hard on the paws
  • Dark and snow may alter the landscape

How to protect dog paws from winter and snow: 7 tips

The salt used as an ice-melter on roads and sidewalks is very tough for a dog’s paws, and nice winter walks can become downright dangerous if your dog licks the chemicals from ice-melting agents. Paw care makes your dog more ‘pawsitive’, so do it regularly. Furthermore, there are some very easy-to-follow basic tips on how to protect your dog’s feet. Get familiar with them.

1. Regular grooming

First of all, make sure the paws are ready for the winter.

Good grooming is essential for healthy winter feet.

Trim long-haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and ice-melting chemicals that can dry on the skin – especially on the feet. If your dog has very hairy feet, trim them throughout the winter.

2. Regular cleaning

When you’re walking in the city, avoiding all the rock salt is almost impossible. Keep a bowl of warm water just inside your door so that you can wipe your dog’s paws (and your own boots) when you are back home.

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3. Short dog walks

Dogs left in the cold for long periods of times are also at risk for frostbite on paws and hypothermia. It is not advised that dogs spend hours in the cold. In winter, frequent short walks are better for your dog than a single long walk. Last but not least, get familiar with the possible dangers of walking your dog in the dark.

4. The right equipment

Bring a towel on your walks to clean off salt crystals and other chemicals. Be aware of cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.

5. Dog boots

Just as wearing boots in the winter protects your feet, dog booties will prevent injury to your dog’s paws.

Good to know: Dog boots protect your dog’s paws from salt, ice balls and sharp items that may be hidden under the snow.

Your pup may not like the boots in the beginning but, with a little time and patience, you can train your dog to love wearing his booties!

6. Fear the cold

It’s good to remember that if the weather’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your dog too. Our furry companions should remain indoors as much as possible during the winter months and never be left alone in vehicles when it’s really cold. You don’t know how cold is too cold for your four-legged sweetheart? Check this infographic to find out!

7. Be sensitive!

During winter time, try to care for your dog’s feet like you do your own. When your feet get cold, sore, and blistered, the discomfort can make you miserable. Your dog feels the same way.

Home made winter care balsam

Winter is near and you need a quick homemade recipe to protect your dog’s paws? Your puppy will love this easy-to-make dog paw care cream. Here’s what you need for a small glass of 150 grams of paw care balsam:

Recipe for homemade dog paw care cream
Ingredients:
  • 80 ml Olive oil
  • 30 g bio Shea Butter
  • 15 g beeswax
  • 20 g pine resin (collected manually or ordered online)
  • 3 tsp marigold (should you not have any, you can ask to check your neighbour’s garden)
  • 1 small jam glass to store the cream
Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together in the glass and put them in a heated water bowl at 50 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. When you notice that the cream gets a medium consistency (not too thick and not too liquid), take it out, put it in another glass and leave it to cool down.

All these ingredients are very powerful when used together: some of them have anti-inflammatory properties, while others have a calming effect on the skin.

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2 Comments
  1. Cliff

    I use a little cold cream on my dog’s paws applied at night. He’s been trained not to lick it off and is happy with the result.

    • Sanda

      Dear Cliff,

      Sorry for the delayed answer. Thank you for your tip! We wish you and your four-legged friend all the best!

      Regards, Sanda