Cold weather, ice, snow and sidewalk salt take a toll on your pup’s paws. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect their sensitive paws from winter.
Booties are a great option for protecting paws in winter. They come if a variety of styles and offer warmth, full coverage and durability. To find the right size for your dog it’s important to measure properly. Start at the back of the heel and measure to the tip of the toenail.
Paw balm in general is good for keeping paws soft and supple during the winter. But it can also help minimize damage caused by salt. Before stepping out on the ice or snow, apply a little paw balm to your dog’s palms. Make sure to reapply the balm after walks.
Make sure you wipe down your dog’s paws after every walk with a towel. This will help remove any residue from the stroll, including salt, and minimize any damage. If you are worried about salt, you can dip each paw in a bucket of lukewarm water and towel dry to remove even more.
Keep Walks Short
In the case of extreme cold, it’s best to keep walks short. Being out too long can lead to frostbite and other hazards. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s also too cold for your dog.
There are tons of games you can play inside on extremely cold days to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. If you are looking for some tips, here are five fun ways to exercise your dog in winter. Or you may consider enrolling your pup in a doggy daycare. We have lots of safe indoor space for dogs to play. Dogs are grouped by size and energy level. And dogs are supervised at all times while playing together.