How do you make sure you and your beloved pet stay happy and safe in the snow ?
Keeping your dog’s feet in good condition in cold weather
Your dog’s feet should have hard but supple pads, and be healthy and well suited to the types of surfaces that they walk on.
The winter cold and damp can cause problems for some dog’s paws, causing chapping, chafing or sores and cracks to form, so keep an eye on your dog’s feet in the winter and if needed, use paw balms or wax to help to protect them from hard ground and damp, snowy or icy conditions.
Checking and cleaning your dog’s paws after walks
After a walk in ice and snow, your dog’s paws and lower legs are likely to be wet and cold, and also, possibly quite dirty as they will probably have wandered through slush and mud as well.
There might also be various substances on your dog’s paws too, such as antifreeze agents or caustic road grit, which your dog has picked up on the pads of their paws during their walks.
When you get back from a walk in the snow with your dog, the first thing you should do is to thoroughly wash off their paws and feet using warm water, to rinse off any muck or mess, and to clean away the residue of anything toxic.
Thoroughly dry your dog’s feet and legs afterwards, including between the toes.
This post-walk clean-up also gives you the chance to check your dog’s paws and legs over for any signs of problems, to keep your dog’s paws in good condition.
For more info head on down to https://www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet-advice/caring-for-your-dogs-paws-in-the-snow.html which should answer any of your doggy worries.