Whether you are still experiencing the cold of winter or starting to enjoy the warm sun, paw care is an important concern for many dog owners. Walking on hot or ice cold pavements can cause injury or irritations, but there are a few ways to keep your pooch’s paws safe from the elements.
Wipe Off Paws in Winter
One of the easiest and perhaps no-brain solution to keeping your pup’s paws in tip top shape is to simply wipe them off when you are done with your snowy outdoor adventures. Ice, snow, and chemicals can be harmful to your dog’s paws, plus clean paws means clean floors and sofas.
If you are going to take Fido out in the cold or heat for long periods then consider getting your dog some footwear. You can find all kinds of water resistant cozy booties at your local pet store and online marketplaces like Amazon. While it might be entertaining to watch your pooch stumble around in the booties they actually can provide a good physical barrier to the harshness of the pavement.
Apply a Pre-Walk Paw Wax
For both extreme heat and cold it is a good idea to try applying some paw protective wax. There are all kinds available online and at some pet stores. These specially formulated waxes are created to help create a barrier between your dog’s paws and the ground. While these waxes can protect your dog make sure that you reapply if your dog will be out for longer periods and make sure to apply it properly.
Watch The Clock
Like humans, dogs shouldn’t be out in the cold or heat too long. Walking on freezing cold sidewalks can produce frostbite on your dog’s paws which can cause lots of problems and hot summer sidewalks can burn the pads of your pup’s paws. Keep an eye on how much time is spent in extreme cold and hot weather to make sure they are safe.
Take Walks During Cooler Hours
During the hot summer months take your dog on walks during the cooler hours of the day. Not only will it keep your dog’s paws from burning, but you won’t be sweating like crazy on those daily walks.
Examine Paws and Apply a Post-Walk Paw Balm
Once you and your pup are done with your outdoor fun check your dog’s paws carefully for anything that could be caught in the fur and any potential scrapes. If all looks good try applying a nice paw balm like Watson’s Pawesome Paw Balm. Unlike paw wax, paw balm is designed to soften paws and keep them supple. Plus, it is a great way to pamper your pup with a little paw massage after a long afternoon of fun.