Winter poses risks to dog paws. Sharp ice, snow clumps, dampness, and ice-melting chemicals can harm your dog's paws. Protection is essential.
Dog snow boots protect against winter hazards. They should be lightweight, easy to wear, adjustable, durable, waterproof, and nonslip.
Dogs need time to adjust to boots. Start with short indoor sessions, then progress to outdoor walks. Always remove boots once indoors.
Paw balms form a protective barrier against dampness and chemicals. They also prevent snow clumping and soothe a dog's feet.
Apply a thin layer of balm on and between paw pads and toes. Do this outdoors or in a garage. Wipe off excess balm before coming indoors.
For short walks, carry a towel to wipe chemicals from your dog's feet, remove snow clumps, and dry off paws before coming back inside.
If you have a yard, shoveling a path for your dog can make potty breaks easier. It won't solve all problems, but it can help.