Does your dog love the outdoors even in the snow and ice?

Road salt is used in the UK as a deicer for roads and pavements which is great for us humans when we are off out enjoying a winter walk but unfortunately, it’s pretty tough going on your dog’s paws. 

The winter months can be an adverse time for your dog and road salt can damage your dog’s skin. Frequent exposure to road salt will dry your dog’s skin and cause local irritation and cracked paws causing pain and discomfort.

Here are a few simple tips for you to consider:

Tip 1 

Good grooming

is essential for healthy winter feet, trimming of long hair between your dog’s pads is important to minimise the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and ice-melting chemicals that can dry on the skin – especially on the feet. If your dog has really hairy feet repeatedly trim them throughout the winter months. If you are unsure about the process then contact your local groomer I’m sure they can help or advise.

Tip 2. 

Regular cleaning 

is key when you’re walking around the neighbourhood, try to avoid salty deposits but you may find this almost impossible. Keep a bowl of warm water just inside your door so that you can rinse off and wipe your dog’s paws when you get in.

Tip 3. 

Shorten your dog walks

I can’t believe I am saying this but dogs left in the cold for long periods of times are also at risk for frostbite so it’s not advisable that dogs spend hours and hours in the cold, on snow or ice. In the winter months, frequent short walks are better than one mamouth long walk. 

Tip 4

The right kit

dog bowl of warm water, microfibre towel for the puppy or dogs feet and possibly a coat? Times are changing and most family pet dogs have the luxury of central heating or a glowing log burner so it makes sense to think that your dog will feel the cold when out and about. I recently brought an extreme monsoon dog coat from Ancol (Bloxwich) for my working Lab as last week in the driving rain and snow he was feeling the cold. Problem solves and the boy loves it!

Tip 5

Be sensitive

massaging petroleum jelly -Vaseline into the paw pads before going outside this routine will help to protect the paws from salt and chemical agents. The jelly will help keep your dog’s paws hydrated, make sure your towel is ready when you get home to wipe it off!

If at anytime your unsure about the welfare of your dog’s feet don’t hesitate to talk to your Vet for help.

During these winter months, try to care for your dog’s from time to time our feet get cold, sore, and blistered, the discomfort can make you miserable I’m sure your dog feels the same way.

Stay safe Craig