Winter has some specific hazards and concerns for our furry friends, just like with any other season. For those of us who have dogs, paw care is an important issue to be aware of. Ice, salt, snow, and sand can all hurt Fido’s sensitive paw pads. Read on for some winter paw care tips from a veterinarian.
Choose Pet-Safe Products
One new thing that we’re happy to see is the arrival of pet-safe de-icing products. For Man’s Best Friend, this is great news! Chemical de-icers can cause paw burns or abrasions that can be quite painful. Plus, there’s also a chance of Fido ingesting these dangerous chemicals whenever he licks his feet.
Be Careful In Snow
Fresh snow may look pretty, but it can also hide hazards, such as holes in the ground, sharp rocks, and broken glass. When walking your dog, stick to safe paths and sidewalks.
Use A Mat
Keeping a thick mat outside the door Fido comes in and out through can help prevent your furry buddy from tracking in snow, ice, and, come spring, mud. A good option for this is bath mats, since they’re really absorbent and machine washable.
Dry, rough, and cracked skin in winter can happen to Fido’s skin, just like it happens to ours. Paw balm or wax can protect and moisturize his furry feet. And if you’re in a pinch, Vaseline or coconut oil will work too.
Booties are of course a great way to protect Fido’s feet. And of course, these will only work if your canine buddy will tolerate them. If you have a puppy, make sure little Fido gets used to them now.
Super cute tufts of fur grow between many of our four-legged buddies’ toes. Consider trimming these back, especially in winter. Otherwise, they’ll collect snow and form ice balls, which is uncomfortable for your pooch.
Don’t forget to keep your canine pal’s nails clipped! Fido may have a hard time getting good traction with long nails. If you don’t really know how to cut your pup’s claws, as many people are, ask your vet to demonstrate. You can also just call us to schedule a peticure.
Slips and falls can be dangerous for dogs as they are for us. If you have areas, such as steps, that are particularly treacherous, put stair mats down.
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