Animals/ Pets

How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws In Winter

If you reside in a region of the United States that is prone to ice or snow storm, then you must ensure that you’re prepared to guard your dog’s feet this winter. If your dog is keen to be active throughout the winter months, likes to be outside in the snow or is eager to go for a stroll no matter how cold it is, it’s crucial to know how to guard your feet. There are two major risks: cold temperatures and ice melting on driveways, roads and walkways.

Staying Warm: Protecting Dog’s Paws in Winter

The steps needed for keeping your pet’s feet toasty depend on the breed, size and coat of hair of your pet. For instance, a Husky will require minimal intervention compared to a 3-pound Chihuahua. Another factor to consider is how long your pet can be subjected to cold, ice, snow, or extremely cold temperatures. If they go to the bathroom for a short break, they’ll be comfortable walking around without shoes. If you plan to go with your pet for a stroll, wearing boots will make the walk more enjoyable and keep their paws dry and warm. Plenty of boots are available, and you might need to test various styles and brands before you find the one you like most. Also, if you’ve got a Northern dog like one of the Akita or an Alaskan Malamute, don’t make a scene with their shoes for a 20-minute walk. They were created for snow!

Think about how your dog wears boots before the very first snowfall or ice weather of the year. Some dogs have difficulty moving in their boots at first since they don’t understand the exact location of their feet in the space. Watch the video below for a humorous preview.

Toxic Ice Melts: What Salt Does to Dog’s Paws

Ice melts (think salt in the winter) can be a reliable method of making steps and securing sidewalks and streets for pedestrians to walk on. However, certain ice melts can cause havoc on our dogs’ feet. The most hazardous and effective formulations of ice melt contain calcium salts. They can cause severe ulceration on the paw pads of your dogs and the skin around them. The ones that are less harmful and are marketed as pet-friendly contain urea. They can be more irritating, but not as that.

Wear boots to shield your feet from salts if you’re taking your dog for a walk following an ice or snow storm. If your dog comes in contact with the formulas for ice melts and feet, washing them with soap will reduce irritation considerably.

If your dog consumes melting ice directly (before it’s applied to the ice), consult your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline for further instructions.