Taking care of your dog’s paws in the snow

Snow, slush, ice and cold weather all take their toll on your dog’s paws. In addition, rock salt and other sidewalk treatments can leave your dog with painful, sore feet. During the winter, you’ll need to take extra steps to prevent problems like cuts, infections, sores and painful paws.

Instructions

Step 1

Ice balls can form between toes very quickly in snow and your dog will go lame.If this happens wash the paws with warm water after going for a walk or play time outside. You want to wash off harmful irritants like salt and prevent your dog from ingesting any of the chemical de-icers by licking their feet. This also eliminates any ice or snow that has built up between your dog’s toes that could make walking painful.

Step 2

Inspect your dog’s paws after every walk,particularly when you have walked in areas treated with salt or another de- icer.Be sure to check between the toes and look at the pads for any cracks or sore spots.

Step 3

Cut your dog’s nails and trim the hair on his feet regularly. Hair that is too long attracts snow and slush which can cause problems. Keep from cutting the fur too short, however, as it offers protection for your dog’s feet.

Step 4
Apply petroleum jelly,baby oil to your dog’s paws to soothe irritated feet.Be careful not to apply too much ot too often as pads that are too soft can also lead to irritation.You can also apply just before going outside as it can help protect your dog’s feet but take it off again when you get back inside.Pet store’s also sell special wax or other products that work in the same way.

Step 5

Treat any cuts, sores or infections that develop according to your vet’s instructions. If you notice that your dog seems to have painful feet even without sores, take a day or two off from walking in the snow.


 


 
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