Some people love it, some people hate it, but the reality of winter for most people means snow. Snow and freezing temperatures bring fun games outside and also new situations to be aware of when it comes to your furry family.
Keep Their Paws in Good Shape
One of those situations is raw and cracked paws. Y'know in winter, when your hands get really dry and sometimes start to crack? That happens with your pets' paws too! Since their paws are constantly in contact with anything from a cold ground to freezing ice and snow, they receive the brunt of the weather.
There are several things you can do to save their tender paws:
1) Buy them booties! Ever seen those funny videos of dogs wearing shoes? They're good for more than just Facebook videos. They will provide protection against the cold and salt that could irritate the pads on your dog's feet.
2) Give them a warm paw bath! One of the main things that irritates paws is the salt used to de-ice the roads and sidewalks. To ensure that your doggy's (or kitty's) contact with the ice and salt combo doesn't irritate the pads on their paws, rinse their paws after a walk or when they come in from a potty break. Having a bowl of water and a towel near the door is a quick way to rinse and dry paws right when your furry fam comes back inside. (TIP: the Brushless Paw Wash does all the paw-washing for you without the hassle!)
3) Keep your fur ball indoors and warm during the cold and frigid weather. The rule of thumb is, if it's too cold for you to be outside, then it will be too cold for your doggie to be outside too! Don't be surprised if you see your furry pal all cuddled up on the floor, near the heat vent of the warmest spot in the house!
Beware that Sneaky Ice
Ice is a sneaky danger that you have to watch out for, both for yourself and your pets. One wrong step and you could land on your butt, hopefully injuring only your dignity and nothing more serious. This also applies to your dogs and cats. Dogs with hip dysplasia or brittle bones are especially susceptible to injuring themselves if they slip on ice. If you can avoid the ice patches, walking around them is a good idea. If you have to step on the ice, keep your weight directly over your feet at all times to minimize slipping and be aware of your dog's (or cat's!) balance as well.
PRO TIP: Snow booties can also help increase your doggo's traction on slippery ground!