3 easy steps to keep your dog's paws healthy and hydrated during winter cold
The cold weather is back, and can be hard on the skin and so on our fur friends' little paws!
The secret to keep those little paws soothing, safe and clean is hydration and more hydration.
There's a few tips that, while used, will give your best friend comfort during the winter months and avoid dry and cracking paws.
The Internet is full of information about the paws' care, which can be overwhelming, so we've found the few essential and best working tips for your pup's paws!
1. Properly clean your dog's paws after any walk and time outside.
During extreme weather, watch for any ice between the toes, and if there's some, you can use warm water to gently remove it.
Try to avoid as much as possible walking your dog on the salt-treated roads during snow season, and after any exposure to snow dissolving or salt, rinse thoroughly with warm water and a gentle soap.
2. Keep nails well and short trimmed
Snow, frozen ground and ice are ideal elements from damaging or breaking claws that are too long or badly cut.
This is so that it is important to keep the claws of your best friend well trimmed to avoid any injury.
3. Hydratation, hydratation, hydratation!
Choosing a natural plant-based and gentle paw balm is very important.
Apply a little bit of balm on each pad and give a gentle massage until the balm is properly absorbed.
Remove the excess of the balm, as your pup will probably lick it, which can have a bad effect.
Additional tips :
Winter paws protections are not necessary, unless you're living in an extreme area such as Canada.
Dogs are initially outdoor creatures, and even if the most fortunate of them are living in cosy home now, their paws are made to adapt to all kinds of climate, including winter.
Washing your dogs' paws after each walk can be more damaging than beneficial, especially if your pup is already suffering from dry or cracked paws.
If your dog's cracked paws are becoming bloody and you notice recurrent licking, it's best to bring your pup to the vet for a check.