We know it’s not always our favorite activity to venture out in the cold and snow, but it’s sometimes necessary when our dog is begging us for some snow time. However, no matter how tough or ready your dog is for snow, it’s important to protect its paws. A dog’s paws are their key contact points for most activities they take part in. That is why you need to pay extra attention to them in hot or cold weather. Try these tips to keep your dog’s paws purrfect!
1. Moisturize,Moisturize, and Moisturize
While we’re lathering Shea Butter day and night thanks to the frigid temperatures, we sometimes forget about how our pups need some extra attention in that department too. Your pup’s paws can crack if they are too dry or even bleed. To protect your pet’s paws you can use:
Any of these options will work to heal your pet’s paws from the brutal effects of the cold. Apply these to your dog every day to provide crack-free paws.
2. Protect Your Puppy
Just like you have boots, your pup needs something to guard their paws against the harsh streets outside. Despite many people believing a dog’s paws can handle most weather, sometimes hot concrete or salt on the roads can create unsavory effects on their paws. The granules from the salt can attach themselves to a pup’s fur or bottom of their paws and cause your dog to feel less awesome than usual.
Along with the harsh texture of salt, the salt placed on roads contains many toxic chemicals that can cause severe problems for your dog if they decide to swallow any of them. Ice melters are prone to cause diarrhea and indigestion issues. That is why it’s important to protect your dog’s paws before venturing into the unknown. Many companies sell various kinds of paw wax to protect your pups from the harsh conditions outside. If you are not willing to use wax on your dog’s paws, there are many boot options available for your puppy.
Remember to keep your pet’s paws safe, so they are not in pain while they’re strolling around the block.
3. Wash Your Dog’s Paws
We know, adding extra tasks to our day is not the funniest, but it’s important to make sure your pup comes into the house with clean paws. Imagine all the dirt and toxins your pup brings in if they are not wiping their paws. Along with this, after a long hike, your pup may have bramble stuck in their paws, and it could lead to an infection if not properly taken care of.
There are several methods to washing your dog’s paws. Here are some common ones:
- A warm cloth with water
- A puppy wet wipe sold at your local pet store or online
- Make a solution of 50% water and 50% apple cider vinegar and soak your dog’s paw for three minutes. Since Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic, it helps to create an environment where bacteria cannot thrive.
Make sure to always check your dog’s paws after they come into your house to see if they are healthy. If you start noticing abnormal behavior with your dog when they are licking their paws or any redness of any kind, it is time to visit the vet to see what else you can do to keep their paws healthy.
Stay Safe During this Cold Season
We hope you continue walking your dog during the cold. Even if conditions became quite hazardous, it’s still crucial for your pup to get their much-needed exercise. As long as you provide all the safety they need, your pup will be entranced with all the nature on the outside on your walks. If you are looking for a pup, contact us at My Next Pup, and remember to stay safe!