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  • Writer's pictureNicola Smith

5 Tips to Protect Your Dogs Paws in Winter

Winter is not over yet and it can sure be a harsh season for our canine companions, particularly when it comes to their paw pads. Snow, ice, and salt on sidewalks and roads can all take a toll on their sensitive paw pads, leading to dryness, cracking, and even painful injuries. As a responsible dog owner, it's essential to take steps to protect your pup's paw pads during the winter months. Here are five helpful tips to get you started.


1. Keep Your Dog's Nails Trimmed

One of the best ways to protect your dog's paw pads in the winter is to keep their nails trimmed. Long nails can make it more challenging for your pup to walk on slippery surfaces, increasing their risk of slipping and injuring their paw pads. Additionally, long nails can catch on ice and snow, leading to painful tears and injuries. Regular nail trims are an easy and effective way to keep your dog's paw pads healthy and protected.


2. Use Dog Booties

Another excellent way to protect your dog's paw pads in the winter is to invest in a pair of dog booties. Booties provide a protective barrier between your dog's sensitive paw pads and the cold, icy ground, helping to prevent injuries and keep their paws warm and dry. When shopping for booties, make sure to choose a pair that fits well and provides adequate traction, as poorly fitting or slippery booties can do more harm than good. Here are my favorite Dog Snow Boots


3. Apply Paw Balm

Paw balm is a moisturizing product designed specifically for dogs' paw pads. It works by creating a protective barrier on the paw pads, helping to prevent dryness, cracking, and injury. Apply paw balm to your dog's paw pads before heading out for a walk, and reapply as needed throughout the day. Look for paw balms made with all-natural ingredients, as synthetic ingredients can be harsh and irritating to your pup's sensitive skin.

As Dog Walkers Toronto, we find paw balm is a great solution for dogs who hate putting on boots.


4. Rinse Your Dog's Paws After Walks

After a walk in the winter, it's essential to rinse your dog's paws to remove any salt, chemicals, or debris that may have accumulated on their paw pads. Salt and other de-icing chemicals used on sidewalks and roads can be extremely harsh on your pup's paw pads, causing dryness, cracking, and even chemical burns. Rinsing your dog's paws with warm water and drying them thoroughly can help prevent these types of injuries and keep their paw pads healthy.


5. Avoid Walking on Salted Surfaces

Finally, one of the best ways to protect your dog's paw pads in the winter is to avoid walking on salted surfaces altogether. This sounds like a no brainier but I see Dog Owners walking with their dogs over fresh salt all the time when they could simply move over 2 feet on the sidewalk and greatly avoid it.


In conclusion, protecting your dog's paw pads in the win0ter is essential for their health and well-being. By following these simple tips, you can help prevent injuries and keep your pup's paw pads healthy and happy all winter long. Remember to keep your dog's nails trimmed, use dog booties, apply paw balm, rinse their paws after walks, and avoid walking on salted surfaces to ensure your dog stays comfortable and safe throughout these colder months.

Would love to hear any extra tips you may have for your dogs paws in winter, maybe even your favorite product! Reach out to share.


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