Following up on our last post regarding bundling up for dropping temperatures, this article focuses on the importance of paw protection in wintry conditions. Before we begin, note that some dogs may require sweaters or jackets (just like us) in freezing temperatures. It may sound silly, but not all pups were meant to live in cold climates.
Salt, snow, and ice can be extremely damaging to our furry friends, but we can continue dashing with them outdoors as long as we take the proper precautions. The following tips were sourced from the American Kennel Club, the produce a ton of great information from experts on various topics posted on their website. You can read the full article here.
- Wear Booties: they may take some getting used to, and will definitely give you a good laugh the first time your doggo tries walking in them, but booties are an effective option. Denver wears Bark Brite All Weather Neoprene Paw Protectors and now she’s the coolest dog at the park. Please remember to dry them off in-between uses because they will inevitably get wet.
- Try Paw Balm: if your pupperino just refuses to walk in booties, another good choice is paw balm. Musher’s Secret Paw Wax seems to be everybody’s favorite, but we have also heard of people making their own at home. When using balm, be careful with how much you apply because it can get a little messy. Which brings us to our next point.
- Bring a Towel: as a rule of thumb, always carry a small towel when going out for walks or jogs in the winter. If you notice your dog is stopping to lick their paws, stop and wipe them down. Always wipe them down again when getting back home, and in some cases, dip them in lukewarm water to help clean off excess salt.
- Shorter Walks: when the temperature really drops, or when the salt is completely unavoidable, limit your walks and runs to shorter time frames. Though exercise is important, it is not worth your health or that of the dog. Please be mindful and prioritize safety above all else!