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Like any other season, winter has some specific hazards and concerns for our canine friends. For dogs, paw care is one of the issues for pet owners to be aware of. Snow, sand, salt, and ice can all hurt Fido’s sensitive paw pads. Read on for some winter paw care tips from a veterinarian.
FIdo’s skin can get painfully dry, rough, and cracked in winter, just as ours can. Paw balm or wax will help protect and moisturize your pet’s furry feet. You can also use Vaseline or coconut oil in a pinch.
Putting a thick mat outside the door Fido comes in and out through may help keep your four-legged buddy from tracking in ice, snow, and, come spring, mud. Bath mats are actually a good option for this, as they’re super absorbent and machine washable.
One development that we’re happy to see is the emergence of pet-friendly de-icing products. This is great news for Fido! Chemical de-icers can cause painful paw burns or abrasions. Plus, there’s also a chance of your pooch ingesting dangerous chemicals by licking his feet.
Fresh snow may be pretty, but it can also hide hazards, such as broken glass, sharp rocks, and even holes. Stick to safe paths and sidewalks, especially after a storm.
Slips and falls can be just as dangerous for our furry pals as they are for us. If you have areas that are particularly treacherous, such as steps, put stair mats down.
Speaking of traction, keep your furry pal’s claws clipped! Fido may have a hard time getting good traction if his nails are too long. If you’re nervous about cutting your dog’s claws yourself, as many people are, ask your vet to demonstrate. You can also just call us to schedule a peticure.
Booties are another great way to protect Fido’s feet. Needless to say, these will only work if your canine companion is agreeable to them. If your pooch is a puppy, have little Fido get used to them wearing them now.
Many dogs have super cute tufts of fur growing between their toes. You may want to trim these back, especially in winter. They can collect snow and form ice balls, which are pretty uncomfortable for Fido.
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