Clumped snow between your dog's toes can cause painful frostbite and other problems. If your pooch spends a lot of time outside in wintry weather, take steps to protect his furry feet from weather-related dangers. Also, make sure he has a snow-free place to play and exercise this winter.
Trim the hair between your dog's paws to prevent snow from clumping between his toes. Keep the hair in this area very short until the weather warms up. If you've never trimmed your dog's hair before, your vet or groomer can show you how.
Rub a very small amount of petroleum jelly on your pooch's paw pads just before he goes outside. This will stop snow and ice from sticking to his pads.
Dress your pup in doggy boots. These will protect his paws from clumping snow and keep him warmer this winter. Plus, he'll look extra stylish at the dog park. Doggy boots are available at many pet stores and online.
Rinse your dog's paws every time he comes back inside during snowy or icy weather. You need to remove any clumped snow and wash away rock salt and other chemicals that may burn or damage his feet. Dipping each paw into a bucket of lukewarm water is usually sufficient.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
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