Winter Paw Care for your Dog 

February 20, 2013 9:49:00 PM

 When there is ice and snow, you can expect various melting products to be on the ground. Ice melt products are typically made of salt. When your pet walks through the ice and snow, particles of salt, sand or even ice crystals can become lodged in the webbing. Your pet may even ingest the salts by licking his paws, which can cause illness. Keep your pet’s paws healthy in winter by following these suggestions:

  • After each walk, wash off your pet’s feet. This will remove any ice and road salt that can cause excessive dryness.
    Trim the hair between your pet’s toes to reduce the chance of collecting ice and snow crystals.
  • Petroleum jelly can be placed on the surface of the pads, especially prior to walking outdoors.
  • For serious cases, special booties made of neoprene can be used to protect the footpads.
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