Know your breed
Some dogs are more susceptible to problems with their paws during the winter. For example, breeds such as chihuahuas are known to have delicate paws. Also dogs with less fur, or delicate bone structures need their paws checked more often as there’s less to protect them.
Watch out for defrosting chemicals
Chemicals that help prevent frost and ice on the roads and pathways can wreak havoc on their pads. These chemicals can dry out the pads of your dog’s skin and in some cases, burn them. Remember to wipe your dog’s paws clean when coming back inside from a walk. Find dog friendly salt for your driveway here
Dress for success
Wearing boots can be a great addition to creams and balms during the winter. The only downside, is training your dog to get used to them. We’ve all seen the funny videos! There’s a lot of variety online for dog boots but Ruffwear offers a great set.
Balms and Creams
There are many great dog paw balms and creams on the market. Some are used to treat dry or cracked paws, while some, usually those that include wax, help protect and prevent dryness or cracking that can happen when your dogs paws are exposed to road salts and other winter defrosting chemicals. We’ve tried a few balms and creams, here’s one we’ve liked.
Clean and Inspect
Check to make sure no snow clumps or ice has gotten stuck near or under the pad of your dogs paws. Remember to thoroughly wipe off your dog’s paws after being outside, especially if you suspect they’ve come into contact with winter defrosting chemicals.