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How to take care of a dog’s paws in winter

If you think your dog has injured his or her paws in any way, Here are a few tips on how to keep yo…
Golden retriever is resting on the snow

Now that the cold weather is settling in, it’s important to know how to take care of your dog’s paws. The winter months can be harsh on paws, so it’s crucial to take some preventative steps to protect them.

Golden retriever is lying on the snow. Paws of the head.

How Does Salt Affect Dogs?

Salt can also cause ulcers on dogs’ feet if they walk in salt while it is melting on roads or sidewalks. If this occurs, more than just the bottom of their feet will be affected; their noses may develop ulcers too because they lick them when they are burned by the salt.

Ice and Snow Can Cause Frostbite

Besides salt, ice and snow can also cause problems for dogs’ paws. Ice can form in between the pads of their feet, leading to frostbite. And if your dog steps in a puddle of melted snow, their paw could get wet and cold, possibly leading to hypothermia.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Dog’s Paws?

If you think your dog has injured his or her paws in any way, Here are a few tips on how to keep your pup’s paws safe and healthy during the winter:

1. Keep Them Clean

One of the most important things you can do for your dog’s paws is to keep them clean. Make sure to wipe them down after every walk, especially if they’ve been outside in the snow or ice. Salt and other chemicals can be harmful if they get into your dog’s paw pads, so make sure to wipe them off.

2. Use Paw Wax or Coatings

Paw waxes and coatings are an easy way to protect your dog’s paws without having to take them out for frequent washing sessions. Some coats can even last up to six weeks! If you do go the coating route, it’s important that you don’t let your dog lick its paws until the protection wears off, as this could lead to gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea. If you do use paw wax or coatings, make sure not to get it on their fur, as this will also make them sick if ingested.

3. Exercise in Pairs

If possible, try taking your dog out for a walk when it’s not too cold outside. When the temperature is below freezing, it’s important to exercise them in pairs. This will help keep both of you safe and healthy during your walk.

4. Invest in Snow Boots

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, investing in a good pair of snow boots for your pup can be a lifesaver. Not only will they keep your dog’s paws warm and dry, but they’ll also help protect them from the harsh chemicals and salt often used on sidewalks and roads in the winter.

5. Monitor Their Paws for Injuries

Even with all of these precautions, it’s still possible for your dog to suffer a paw injury. If you notice your pup favouring one paw, licking or chewing at their paws excessively, or if the skin looks red and irritated, it’s important to take them to the vet. Paw injuries can easily become infected in the winter weather, so it’s important to nip them in the bud.

By following these tips, you can help keep your dog’s paws safe and healthy this winter!

Looking for more ways to protect your pup during the winter? Check out our blog post on What to do for dogs’ dry skin in winter?

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