4 ways to protect dog paws during the winter months

Winter can be tough on sensitive paws. In the winter, the salt used to melt ice on roads and sidewalks can be harmful to your dog and the pads of their paws, it can even become dangerous if your dog starts licking the chemicals from ice melters. During the winter, it is therefore good to pay extra attention to the dog's paws. Here's how to prevent problems by following this simple 4-step paw care routine.

Well-groomed paws are important during the winter months. If you have a dog with a lot of fur between the foot pads, you should trim it regularly. In this way, the paws dry faster when the dog comes in and the dog avoids lumps of ice, or melting chemicals that get stuck between the foot pads. It is also important to keep the claws in good condition by clipping them regularly. Claws that are too long can get stuck and cause pain.

If you walk on salted or dirty roads, it is good if you clean the dog's paws after the walk using wet wipes to clean away the dirt & chemicals. When you walk, have wet wipes on hand to immediately clean any snow, salt or chemicals that get on your dog's paws.

Keep walks as short as possible in cold winter weather. Unless your dog loves to run around in the cold and snow and you are prepared for a long walk, it is best to limit the dog's time outside. This is especially true for dogs with shorter fur and with arthritis or other health conditions. Instead, take more time for indoor play, hide and seek is a favorite.

Moisturizing your dog's paw pads can prevent them from cracking. Dry, cracked paw pads are uncomfortable for your pet and make walking painful. Therefore we suggest you apply the paw salve before your dog walk, while doing so the conditioner will act as an extra layer of wax, preventing the paws from absorbing the salt and chemicals from the roads/pavements. Having healthy & moisturized paw pads will help your dog feel more comfortable.

Following these paw care tips can keep your furry bestie comfortable all winter long.