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How Winter And Snow Impacts Dog’s Paws

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Even though your dog’s paw is divinely designed with a built-in heat exchange system that can withstand the cold for extended periods and salt on new concrete, there are risks and precautions to be aware of. You may not know how the cold can affect your dog if you are from a warmer climate and have become accustomed to the lazy days of summer heat. You should also remember that your dog’s coat has not adapted to temperatures outside of its normal range, especially if they are an indoor dog.

Spending too much time outside in the cold can harm a dog’s paws, so it’s important to know what to look for when walking or playing in the cold. This quick guide deconstructs those elements and explains how they can harm your four-legged companions.

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While fluffy white snow is usually harmless, extra cold temperatures can cause a dog’s paw pads to burn or dry out. Limit exposure during freezing weather, use safe pet ice melter, and inspect paw pads for cracking.

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Ice can cause problems for dogs with sensitive or injured pads, in addition to creating potentially dangerous conditions for those who enjoy a brisk walk in the snow. When the temperature drops during a walk, any moisture in the fur between the pads freezes, making it a bigger problem.

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It occurs when the blood vessels in the skin constrict due to exposure to extreme cold or prolonged cold. It’s important to note that dogs with heart disease, diabetes, or poor blood flow are more susceptible to frostbite. Never leave your dog outside in the winter, regardless of breed or coat thickness. Frostbite can quickly occur in sensitive areas such as their ears and paws, especially when the cold is combined with wind and moisture. Frostbite and permanent injury can happen very quickly after that.

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Moisture on the dog’s paws causes chafing during the winter. Chafing is similar to diaper rash in that it causes their toes to rub against each other, leaving the skin raw and exposed. Frostbite and infection can result from this moist, raw, and exposed skin. Be aware that if their paws are left damp, painful chafing can occur with or without dog boots. To avoid chafing, make sure your dog’s paws are completely dry before going outside, limit outdoor walks and playtime to short periods, and use a safe pet ice melter.

Tips To Protect Dog Paws in Snow

Protecting your dog’s paws in the snow is essential for their comfort and well-being. Here are some effective ways to do it:

  • a. Use Dog Booties: Dog booties are a fantastic solution to shield your pup’s paws from the cold and abrasive snow. They come in various sizes and styles, providing both warmth and protection.
  • b. Apply Paw Balm: Paw balms or waxes create a protective barrier on your dog’s paws, guarding against snow, ice, and salt. They also help to prevent paw pad cracking.
  • c. Keep Walks Short: During particularly frigid days, limit the length of your walks to reduce your dog’s exposure to the cold. Short and frequent outings are often more comfortable for them.
  • d. Use Safe Paw: Safe Paw is an excellent addition to your winter toolkit. It’s a pet-safe ice melt that won’t harm your dog’s paws if they come into contact with it. Plus, it’s gentle on your lawn and the environment.

Home Remedies for Dog Paws in Winter

If you prefer natural remedies, several home remedies can help protect your dog’s paws in winter:

  • a. Coconut Oil: Applying coconut oil to your dog’s paws can create a protective barrier and prevent cracking.
  • b. Petroleum Jelly: Similar to coconut oil, petroleum jelly can provide protection against the cold and keep paws moisturized.
  • c. Dog Socks: Specially designed dog socks can help keep your pup’s paws warm and shielded from the snow.
  • d. Homemade Paw Balm: You can make your own paw balm using ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and olive oil. Be sure to research a suitable recipe and consult your veterinarian if you have concerns about specific ingredients.

Using Safe Paw for a Paw-Safe Winter

When it comes to keeping your dog’s paws safe in the winter, Safe Paw is an excellent solution. It’s a non-toxic, chemical-free ice melt designed with your pets in mind. You can confidently use it to melt ice on your pathways and driveways without worrying about harming your dog’s paws if they happen to step on it.

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Wrapping Up

The cold isn’t the only concern; winter also brings salt on new concrete and corrosive deicers. If ingested, both liquid and rock salt pavement deicers can be highly harmful to our dog’s paws and digestive system. The natural corrosiveness of pavement rock salt or snowmelt salts causes chemical burns and irritation to unprotected paws. Safe Paw, on the other hand, is a non-toxic, pet-safe ice and snow melter that you can use without hesitation.

Furthermore, dogs tend to lick their paws and lap up while walking or playing, melting snow and ice in puddles. Ingestion of these salts-containing melted snow and ice can result in severe burns, ulceration, and toxicity.

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A. The duration your dog’s paws can be in the snow depends on various factors, including the temperature, your dog’s breed, and their individual tolerance. In general, it’s best to keep outdoor activities shorter during very cold weather, especially for breeds that are less accustomed to cold conditions.

A. Dog paws are designed to handle various terrains, including snow. However, it’s crucial to remember that extreme cold can affect their paws just as it can affect our skin. Taking precautions, like using protective measures and avoiding prolonged exposure to cold surfaces, is essential.

A. Yes, a dog’s paws can potentially bleed from the snow, especially if they have cracked paw pads. The combination of cold temperatures, ice, and salt on the pavement can be harsh on your dog’s delicate paw pads. To prevent this, consider using protective measures like booties or paw balms.

A. Yes, Safe Paw is safe for all types of pets, including dogs, cats, and smaller animals. It’s formulated to be pet-friendly and eco-friendly.

A. Absolutely. Safe Paw is safe for your lawn and plants, making it an excellent choice for pet owners who want to protect both their outdoor spaces and their furry friends.

A. Yes, Safe Paw is safe for use on concrete, asphalt, wood, and other surfaces. It won’t cause damage or staining.

A. Apply Safe Paw just like you would with regular ice melt products. Sprinkle it evenly on icy surfaces to create a safe and secure path.

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