Winter can be a difficult time for a dog and his paws.
One of the biggest problems to healthy paw pads is the salt used to melt ice on driveways, roads, and sidewalks. Contact to salt can lead to chemical burns on dog paws. Always try to keep your dog off the salty sidewalks and roads whenever possible.
Another threat from deicers is ingestion the deicer itself. Dogs may lick their paws or your boots and ingest deicing salts too.
Another cause of sore paws during the cold months are the ice balls which form between the pads and toes. To reduce the risk of snow and ice balls, keep inter-pad hair trimmed short during the winter months. If your dog has furry feet, trim them throughout the winter more often.
Bag Balm, or paw wax are products available at some pharmacies, used in a thin layer daily or every other day should keep your dog’s paws from cracking and bleeding. We have another excellent product available at our office if needed.
The best protection for your dog’s paws and pads are dog booties. Dog boots can protect your dog from salt, ice balls, and sharp items that may be hidden under the snow or sharp ice. Proper sizing of dog booties is important.
With a little time and patience, your dog will learn to love wearing his dog boots!