Protecting animal paws in winter

Protecting animal paws in winter

Protecting animal paws in winter

With its cold temperatures, ice, snow and road salt, winter can be challenging for our pets, especially their sensitive paws. Protecting paws from cold and harmful chemicals is therefore of utmost importance.

1. Cold:

In extremely low temperatures, paws can quickly cool down and even freeze. Long walks in extreme cold should be avoided, and special dog shoes can help for particularly sensitive animals.

2. Road salt and chemicals:

Many communities use salt or chemical de-icers to keep roads and sidewalks safe. However, these can irritate the paws and, if licked, cause stomach problems. After each walk, paws should be wiped or rinsed to remove residue.

3. Paw Balm:

A paw balm can help protect and care for paws. This puts a protective film over the paws and prevents the pads from drying out and cracking.

4. Hair Between Toes:

In long-haired animals, lumps of ice can form between the toes. Trimming this hair regularly can help prevent buildup.

5. Injuries:

Cracks or cuts in the paws can be made worse by salt and ice. If there are visible injuries, you should consult a veterinarian.

In summary, a little precaution and mindfulness can help our pets survive the winter without major problems. By caring for and protecting your animals' paws, you ensure their well-being and health during the cold months.