The dangers of winter for your dogs: 3 tips to avoid frostbite and irritation
Winter brings its share of challenges, not only for us, but also for our faithful four-legged companions. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and sore paws during cold months. As an eco-friendly pet food company, we are committed to ensuring the well-being of your canine friends all year round. Discover our tips for protecting your dog's paws during the winter season.
Protect your dogs' paws from the cold and salt
Investing in quality boots can make all the difference. Opt for models that are water-resistant, insulated and have a non-slip sole to ensure maximum protection. The boots help prevent frostbite while protecting your dog's paws from road salt and other irritants found on sidewalks.
If your pet can't stand boots, protective wax might be a good option. It acts as a barrier against the cold and aggressive substances such as de-icing salt. Choose natural, pet-safe products that simultaneously hydrate and protect. It is also useful after cleaning the paws to preserve hydration.
Adapt clothing to your pet's specific needs
Certain breeds may need clothing suitable for the cold, such as dogs without an undercoat or with short hair (Chihuahua, Basenji, French Bulldog, Greyhound, Boston terrier, Bichon Frize, etc.). A suitable coat and/or pants could prevent frostbite and hypothermia. The habit of dressing your dog is sometimes frowned upon by some people. However, beyond a question of style, by correctly understanding the breed of your animal, we can minimize the risk of injury.
Clean your dog's paws regularly
After each winter outing, carefully examine your dog's paws. Look for signs of salt, ice or other irritants between the pads.
Clean your pets' paws after each winter outing. Use lukewarm water to clean the paws, it can help dissolve the salt more effectively. Specialized pet wipes can be very useful for cleaning between the toes. Make sure they do not contain any harsh chemicals.
After cleaning, make sure to dry your dog's paws thoroughly. Residual moisture can make irritation worse. Use a soft towel and make sure to dry thoroughly between the pads.
You can coat your pets' pads with a protective ointment to preserve moisture and protect against future frostbite.
As animal lovers, it is our responsibility to take steps to ensure the well-being of our companions during the colder months. By following these simple but effective tips, you will help prevent frostbite and chafing of your dog's paws.
Photo courtesy of Chien Mondain , a Quebec company offering accessories and clothing for dogs.