Does Your dog need Paw Protection?

Does Your dog need Paw Protection?

Does you dog need shoes? Protecting your dog’s feet from rain and cold is important, especially if you live in an area with inclement weather. Here are some tips for keeping your dog’s feet safe and comfortable:

  1. Use dog boots. One of the most effective ways to protect your dog’s feet from rain and cold is to use dog boots. Dog boots are designed to protect your dog’s paws from rough terrain, hot pavement, and cold or wet surfaces. Look for boots made from waterproof or water-resistant material, and that have a non-slip sole to prevent your dog from slipping on wet surfaces.
  2. Apply paw balm or wax: If your dog won’t wear boots, you can apply a protective paw balm or wax to their paws. These products can help moisturize and protect your dog’s paw pads from cracking or drying out in cold or wet weather.
  3. Dry your dog’s feet: After your dog has been outside in the rain or snow, make sure to dry their feet thoroughly. Use a towel to dry their paws and in between their toes. This will help prevent your dog from getting sick and also reduce the risk of slipping on wet surfaces.
  4. Avoid salted roads or pavements: Salted roads or pavements can be harmful to your dog’s paws, causing them to dry out and even burn. If possible, try to avoid walking your dog on these surfaces, and if you do have to walk on them, make sure to clean your dog’s feet thoroughly afterwards.
  5. Limit time outside: If the weather is particularly cold or wet, try to limit your dog’s time outside. Provide plenty of indoor exercise and playtime to keep them stimulated and active.
  6. Sanitize your dogs paws. Your dog steps in all sorts of nasty “stuff” during their walk, then runs around your house, jumps on your bed and curls up on your pillow. Enough said.                       
By taking these steps, you can help protect your dog’s feet from rain and cold, and keep them safe and comfortable in any weather.