My baby Lasagna modeling his Muttluks
Like our bare feet, dogs’ paws aren’t made for the sort of filth and poison chemicals on the streets of the city, particularly during winter when ice-melting agents and their runoff is everywhere. This isn’t something we want tracked into our living spaces either. With protective dog footwear, you can leave this grunge at the doormat along with your own heavy duty boots and avoid the mess all together. I know I know…I TOO was the person “being judgey” about the poodle with boots on UNTIL I REALIZED THAT THE SALT AND OTHER BS BURNS AND HURTS!!! Don’t be too cool for school and care for your dog’s pigs this winter!
Here are more helpful tips on Winter Skin and Paw Care from Pets’ WebMD:
- Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in between the toes.
- Trim long-haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry on the skin.
- Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals-and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
- Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
- Dressing your pet in a sweater or coat will help to retain body heat and prevent skin from getting dry.
- Massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside helps to protect from salt and chemical agents. And moisturizing after a good toweling off helps to heal chapped paws.
- Brushing your pet regularly not only gets rid of dead hair, but also stimulates blood circulation, improving the skin’s overall condition.
- Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime, sometimes causing dehydration. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help to keep her well-hydrated, and her skin less dry.
- Remember, if the weather’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Animal companions should remain indoors as much as possible during the winter months and never be left alone in vehicles when the mercury drops.