If you’re struggling with the cold weather, chances are your dog is too! Whether your dog loves the cold, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to ensure that they are safe during this climate.
It’s important to be aware of the potential hazards that cold weather does to your dog’s paws so you know how to properly prepare for them. Some common hazards to look out for are dryness, capping, and cracking, paw injuries, frostbite, hypothermia, and slips and falls.
Here are some tips for caring for your pet’s paws in winter weather:
Keep paws moisturized
Before going on walks with your pet, slather on paw wax on your pet’s paws. This moisturizer acts as a barrier to help keep out ice and other harmful chemicals that your pet may step on. It can also be used after walks to soothe your pet’s paws.
Keep your pet hydrated
It’s important to keep your pet hydrated, especially during dry and cold temperatures. Make sure that their water bowl is always filled and bring water on walks. Not only does this keep your pet hydrated, but it also helps with skin irritation.
Wash paws after walks
After walks, it’s important to wash your pet’s paws. First, grab a bowl and fill it with warm water. Then dip your pet’s paws into the bowl to remove any chemicals or build-up that has accumulated. Lastly, use a towel to dry their paws.
Keep walks short
Unless your pet is accustomed to the cold weather, keep your walks short. It’s especially important to limit outdoor time for senior dogs, dogs with short fur, and pets with health conditions.
Trimming your pet’s paws regularly can help your pet get a stable footing during walks. This is also helpful for breeds that have long fur between their paws. Trimming this fur can actually help with build-up from that form during walks.
Invest in booties
Purchasing footgear for your pet can help protect their paws from chemicals and other winter hazards during walks. Many of these booties are designed to be non-slip and keep your pet’s paws dry.
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