Many of us pamper ourselves with pedicures to combat winter’s painful effect on our feet. Dogs, just like humans, can get dry, painful and cracked paws. Your dog needs pampered feet just as humans do to keep them going all winter long.
Keep your dog’s nails trimmed short to prevent snagging. They should just barely touch the ground. If they begin to click when she walks, it’s time for a trim.
Clean in between their paws to remove any debris such as glass or small stones. These items can become lodged in your dog’s paws and be very harmful. Most often, they can be removed with tweezers.
Apply pad moisturizer to her feet to prevent them from becoming cracked and dry. Avoid using cream for humans because it can soften pads too much and lead to injury.
Rock salt and chemical ice melters pose many dangers to your pet. Wash your dog’s feet after walks to prevent accidental ingestion, sores, and infection. You can apply Vaseline to their feet before you go outside as protection from salt. Doggie booties are another option to protect against chemicals…they are also very stylish!
Use these tips to keep you pooch’s feet pampered during the winter and all year round. Both you and your dog will be happy campers.
Do you have any tips to keep your dog’s feet happy and healthy? Let us know in the comments section.