How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws on Winter Walks
Protecting your dogs paws on winter walks is important to keep your pet healthy and safe this winter season. But how do you protect their paws? Here are a few tips to protect those paws.
1. Paw Wax
There are many different types of paw wax out there but one I enjoy is Musher’s Secret. It’s also great to use on dry elbows!
Musher’s Secret is a paw wax made from natural food-grade waxes and oils designed to condition and protect your pet’s paws. Yes! This also works on cats. It’s fast=drying, non-allergenic, and non-staining which are huge pluses. You can also use it during the summer to add another layer of protection to your pets paws when out for walks in case you have to cross any hot pavement.
2. Dog Boots
Dog boots take some time getting used to but can protect your dogs paws from more than paw wax can. There are numerous types of dog boots out there so make sure to do research before purchasing to determine if they’re a suitable fit for you and your dog.
3. Wipe Those Paws…
When you dog comes in from a walk, make sure to wipe their paws off to get rid of any ice melt and other debris that may have gotten in between their toes. You can use a wet paper towel or any dog grooming wipe.
4. Or Try a Portable Paw Washer
You should still wipe your dogs paws when they come inside but if you know you’ll be out for awhile, consider a portable paw washer. Ideal for mud this will also work on some winter debris. This one comes in three sizes. Just make sure to bring a towel with you.
5. Check Surroundings
Besides waxes and boots you should be vigilant when walking your dog. This will help you avoid encountering potential hazards. Some things to note are:
- Don’t walk in front of stores: Most stores don’t use pet-safe ice melt. Non pet-safe ice melt is toxic to pets.
- Stick to a known path: This can help you avoid any holes/gaps that may be hidden by snow.
- Avoid ice: Ice is slippery for both you and your canine. Walking around ice patches you see can prevent a fall.
Were any of these tips helpful? Let us know if we missed anything and how you protect your dogs paws on winter walks in the comments below.