Just like us, cold weather is hard on our pets! A few tips to help you during this icy season!
• Booties are an easy way to keep their toes warm and prevent sand and salt from causing irritation. - Not every breed is intended to withstand cold weather, therefore booties are an effective way to protect your canine’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.
• During the extreme cold, it’s best to keep walks short for your canine. - Being out in the cold too long is dangerous and can lead to frostbite.
***Keep in mind, if it’s too cold for you, chances are it’s too cold for your dog too. If you do take your dog for a walk, you may want to consider putting them in a coat or jacket.
• After taking your dog out for a walk, make sure to wipe down their paws & stomach (for those shorter furry friends of ours) with a damp cloth or baby wipes.
• Minimize paw licking until their paws are completely clean. - This will minimize risk for skin irritation and any damage caused by salt, ice, or other residue they may have stepped on during their stroll.
***If you have concerns with salt, consider dipping each paw in a bucket of lukewarm water and then towel drying.
• Don’t let dogs eat any of the salt or any of the snow (especially the slushy snow) outside that may have been treated with an ice melt. Ingesting ice melt can cause vomiting, tremors, seizures and ulceration of the mouth.
• After returning from walking on the snow or ice, rub some paw balm, like Biobalm, on your dog’s paw pads. - This will minimize the dry skin and damage salt can cause.
*** Make sure to reapply the balm often. Having paw balm on hand is a good way to keep their paws soft and supple during the cold months.