It's winter here in MN! We've suffered bitterly cold temperatures for the majority of February. Brrrrrr....
Your dog’s paws sure can take a beating with all the snow, ice, salt on the sidewalk, and overall cold weather. It’s important to protect those paw pads! Fortunately, there are several ways to protect your dog’s paws this winter. Check out this "hot" options by the American Kennel Club:
1) Booties: Booties are a great way to keep your pup’s paws covered. Not every breed is intended to withstand cold weather, therefore booties are an effective way to protect your pal's paws because they offer warmth, full coverage, and are durable. To find your dog’s right size measure from the heel to the tip of the toenail.
2) Paw Balm: Before walking on the snow or ice, rub some paw balm on your dog’s palms. This will minimize the dry skin and damage salt can cause. Make sure to reapply the balm after returning from walks.
There's a great paw pampering treatment offered at good life grooming!
Having paw balm on hand is a good way to keep their paws soft and supple during the cold months!
3. Keep a towel on hand: After walking your dog, wipe down their paws. This minimizes any damage caused by salt, ice, or other residue. If you have concerns with salt, consider dipping each paw in a bucket of lukewarm water and then towel drying.
4. Keep walks short: During the extreme cold, it’s best to keep walks short. Being out in the cold too long is dangerous and can lead to frostbite. If you do take your dog for a walk, you may want to consider putting them in a coat or jacket.
In the meantime, stay warm out there Minnesota.
We are a hardy people and our dogs are too.