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Take Pause-to Protect Your Dog’s Paws

It may be the most wonderful time of the year about now – except for your dog’s paw pads.

Snow, ice and salt can wreak havoc on your dog, causing frostbite, chemical burns, dry and cracked pads, and other trauma.

That’s why you need to take steps to protect your four-legged friend’s feet.

  • When possible keep your pet away from heavily treated roads and sidewalks.
  • Use pet-friendly deicers.
  • Keep walks short when the weather is bad.
  • Take steps to protect your dog’s feet.

Dog boots are one option and are readily available both in pet stores and online; most are sock-like and held on via Velcro straps. It may take a while for your pet to get used to them, so acclimate them inside the house. Start with short periods of time and gradually increase usage.

Another option is a protective balm – also known as paw wax. These also are readily available in pet stores and online, or you can make your own. Online “recipes” are plentiful and typically call for a mix of beeswax, calendula oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.

Just before a walk, apply a thin layer of the balm with your fingers or gently rub your dog’s paw pads directly in the wax. This will protect their paw pads while outside. Reapply another thin layer of balm to keep the pads from drying out and to reduce irritation.

Your dog will thank you for taking these basic steps.

 

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