Tips for Caring for Pets’ Paws in Winter Weather
by Pet Qwerks Toys on February 10, 2019
Winter is exciting but staying indoors can be suffocating for you as well as your dog. There are certain precautions that you need to take for your dog if you’re planning to spend your winters outdoors making snow mans.
The fragility of dogs’ paws is still overlooked by many people hence today you’ll know all you need to in order to keep your dog’s paws moisture and injury free. If you are planning to take your dog on a walk make sure to buy dog boots or wax pads as bare cold sidewalks can leave the paws chapped followed by frost bites which make the affected area dry pale and red.
You can also make DIY cute dog boots, to make things interesting and fun. Sharp pieces of frozen ice can pierce through your dog’s paws and cause heavy bleeding. Hence, it is essential to make sure your dog is wearing a layer of protection on its paws which keeps its paws insulated as well.
Be wary of traction and make sure you get hold of an ecofriendly traction which is also nontoxic. Ice that melts in winters is hazardous and contains chemicals as well as antifreeze which can cause severe irritation and burning sensation when in contact with the paws.
Make sure you use moisturizer to keep the skin on the paws soft and smooth, preventing winter dryness as dry skin is more sensitive to scratches. After a walk with your dog in winters, make sure to clean and wash your dog’s paws with a warm soapy cloth as soon as you reach home because often chemicals and road salt are toxic.
During winter, cut off the small hair on your dog’s paw because if ice accumulates on it then it can raise your dog’s body temperature. Make sure you trim the nails on your dog’s paws and it would be recommended if you consult a vet for it. Trimming nails is essential to avoid any injury in winters. The nails can become brittle and break off causing more pain.
In your driveway, make sure to use a nontoxic ice melt, to reduce the chances of your dog bringing the ice inside your home. Make sure on extra cold days, you stay indoors because too much cardio outdoors can lead to muscle pain and pain in dogs’ paws.
Check your dog’s paws on daily basis, between the toes and the fingernails, around the paws to ensure there are no cuts, frostbites, or scratches due to cold. If you spot one then get a damp cloth (not too hot) and dab it on the affected area, tie a bandage around to prevent its further interaction with the cool air. Keep the area insulated and make sure your dog isn’t licking or biting it, further avoid taking your dog on a walk for the being until it is fully healed. If things get more complicated, then it is recommended to consult a vet immediately.