As with any other season, winter brings with it some specific concerns and hazards for our furry companions. For dogs, paw care is one of the issues for pet owners to be aware of. Salt, snow, ice, and sand can all hurt Fido’s sensitive paw pads. Read on for some tips on winter paw care from a veterinarian.
Choose Pet-Safe Products
The emergence of pet-safe de-icing products is one new innovation we’re excited to see. This is great news for Man’s Best Friend! Painful paw burns and abrasions can result from chemical de-icers. Plus, there’s also a chance of Fido licking his feet and ingesting dangerous chemicals.
Be Careful In Snow
While fresh snow looks pretty, it can easily hide hazards, such as sharp rocks, broken glass, and even holes. Stick to safe paths and sidewalks when walking your canine pal.
Use A Mat
It’s best to put a thick mat outside the door Fido comes in and out through to help keep your furry buddy from tracking in ice, snow, and, come spring, mud. A bath mat works well for this since they’re super absorbent and machine washable.
In the winter cold, Fido’s skin can get rough, dry, and cracked in winter, just like ours can. Paw balm or wax can protect and moisturize his furry feet. There’s also Vaseline or coconut oil. Both will do in a pinch.
Fido’s feet can be well protected by Booties. But these will only work if your canine buddy is agreeable to them. If you have a puppy, make it a point to help little Fido get used to them now.
Many of our four-legged pals have cute tufts of fur growing between their toes. In winter, it’s best to trim these back. They can collect snow and form ice balls, which can get pretty uncomfortable for your pooch.
Take the time to keep your furry buddy’s nails clipped. Fido may have a hard time getting traction he needs if his nails are too long. If you’re nervous about cutting your pup’s claws yourself, ask your vet to demonstrate. And always feel free to call us to schedule a peticure.
Slips and falls can be humans and dogs alike. If you have areas that are especially treacherous, like steps, put stair mats down.
As your animal clinic in Waterdown, ON, we’re here to help! Call us anytime!