How To Protect Dog Paws From Winter and Snow

Dog paws need a lot of caring... Learn all you need to know to protect your dog against the cold!

2 February 2018



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…

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 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 off the chemicals from ice-melting agents. Learn how to protect dog paws from winter and snow by following these basic paw protection tips.

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 How to protect dog paws from winter and snow

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.

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.

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. Dog boots are made by various manufacturers and can be easily found online and in pet stores. 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.

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.

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  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