How to care for your dog's paws in winter

winter in NJ

In winter dog paws are especially vulnerable due to the cold and chemicals and you need to know how to properly care for them. Regular visits to the grooming specialists, special treatments for paws, cleaning, and regularly checking your little friend’s well being, would help to avoid unplanned veterinary clinic visits and other pet health emergencies.


Start from rimming the nails and hair between the pads and wash the paws before the dog enters the house.


If you like to take your fluffy friend around the town, it gets more complicated, because there are many chemicals on the roads and sidewalks that can cause allergies or irritation of the skin of the paw pads, which means that caring for a dog's paws is even more critical.


The chemicals used to treat roads and sidewalks are extremely dangerous. The slightest scratch or wound turns into a serious wound. Sometimes the dog, licking the injured paw, also swallows a dangerous substance, which also does not bring health benefits.


Protective products for dog paws in winter


To help your dog's paws survive the winter safely, you can apply a special protective cream to the pads.


Do not use human cosmetics to care for your dog's paws in winter! The smell of perfume additives annoys the dog, and he licks the cream.

You can use fat or vegetable oil to treat your dog's paws in winter.


Washing and grooming is a must-have for your dog's paws in winter

Washing is a must for your dog's paws in winter. Paws should not be washed with hot water (it can deepen cracks and irritate the skin), but with warm water only. It is necessary to wash the paws thoroughly with a soft sponge. Both the pads and the spaces between them have to be washed. Dry the paws after washing.


Long-haired dogs require special care for their paws in winter. In this case, be sure to trim the hairs between the toes and trim the fur around the paws.

Small dogs claws grow back rather quickly, and if you miss the moment when they need to be trimmed, they can even injure their paw.


Cracks and peeling


Taking care of the paws of dogs in winter is also difficult because of the cold - it can lead to cracks and peeling on the pads.


In order to prevent such troubles, it is worth examining the dog's paws every day in winter. This will help to solve the arising problems in time and prevent complications.

If cracks do appear, apply an antiseptic to the dog's paws 2 to 3 times a day until the paws heal.


If the cracks do not heal for a week or more, or dark spots have formed on the skin, which may be signs of frostbite, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Avoid too long walks in cold weather - there is a danger of frostbite paws. If your dog is trembling and curling up, go home. And it is better to take a small dog in your arms.


Consider protective dog paw-wear


If your dog does not take it off immediately, having a good pair of the dog boots would be a good solution for the coldest days and the walks on chemically treated sidewalks and roads.


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