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Winter Paw Care Tips For Fido

January 15, 2022

Wintertime has some unique hazards and concerns for our furry friends, just like with any other season. For dog owners, paw care is one of the issues to be aware of. Sand, snow, ice, and salt, can all hurt Fido’s sensitive paw pads. Keep reading to learn about some winter paw care tips from a veterinarian. 


Choose Pet-Safe Products

The emergence of pet-safe de-icing products is one development we’re definitely happy to see. This is great news for Man’s Best Friend! Chemical-based de-icers can cause painful paw abrasions and burns. And there’s also the chance of Fido licking his paws and ingesting dangerous chemicals. 


Be Careful In Snow 

Pretty as it may be, fresh snow can easily hide hazards, such as sharp rocks, broken glass, and even holes. Be sure to stick to safe paths and sidewalks when walking your pooch. 


Use A Mat 

You can keep your furry buddy from tracking ice, snow, and mud in the house by putting a thick mat outside the door. Bath mats are actually a good option for this, since they’re machine washable and super absorbent.


Paw Balm 

Just as ours can, Fido’s skin can get rough, dry, and cracked in winter. Paw balm or wax can moisturize and protect his furry feet. You can also use coconut oil or Vaseline in a pinch. 


Booties 

Booties offer a great way to protect Fido’s feet and paw pad. But of course, these will only work if your canine buddy will tolerate them. If you have a puppy, start early and have little Fido get used to them now. 


Toe Fur

Super cute tufts of fur grow between many of our four-legged buddies’ toes. You really should trim these back, particularly in winter, since they can collect snow and form ice balls, and this can be painful for your pooch. 


Claws

Be sure to clip your furry buddy’s nails regularly! When his nails are too long, Fido may have a hard time getting good traction. If the thought of cutting your pup’s claws makes you nervous, ask your vet to demonstrate. Or just give us a call to schedule a peticure. 


Traction

 Slips and falls can be just as dangerous for dogs as they are for us. If you have steps or areas that are particularly treacherous, put mats down.


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