We’ve had a few frosty days already, with many more to come over the winter. It’s that time of year when we have to turn our attention to our dogs’ paws.
The salt used to de-ice footpaths and roads needs to be washed off paws when you return from a walk. Cleaning the paws also reduces the risk of your dog ingesting the salt by licking it off.
Ice balls can form between the toes very quickly. To help prevent them, prepare the paws – especially if they’re hairy, by trimming long hair between the pads and toes.
Check nails regularly, if they’re a little too long then the toes will naturally be splayed allowing ice and snow to pack in between the toes.
Paw wax applied before each walk may provide a protective barrier during the harsh winter months.
It’s very important that your dog will allow you to examine their feet. This is something that we practice from puppyhood by rewarding the good behaviour and matching it with a command. Whether it’s for winter care or summer when checking for grass seeds, it’s important that your dog is comfortable with being examined.
If you’re at all concerned about your dogs’ health, always consult your vet promptly.