While grit sprinkled on the sidewalks make it easier for humans to get around, the salt and chemicals it contains are terrible for dogs’ paws. The salt dries them out and can cause burning, cracks or blisters which can lead to infections.
There are several things you can do to prevent this:
- Keep an eye on your dogs’ pads. Check for any cracks, soreness or blisters and get them treated by a veterinarian immediately if you discover any.
- If your dog’s feet aren’t in need of medical treatment, ensure that when you go out you protect them with a heavy duty barrier such as Mushers Secret. Developed in Canada for use on sledding dogs, this product is fantastic for dogs’ paws as it provides both the protection and comfort they need in harsh weather such as ours.
- Wash off your dogs’ paws thoroughly when you get home. Firstly this will ensure that any grit or ice that may be stuck between their toes gets washed away therefore preventing any ongoing damage to their pads. Secondly, if your dogs paws have come into contact with de-icing chemicals and they lick them, this could result in diarrhoea and vomiting.
- Some people prefer to protect their dogs’ paws with dog boots. These are a great option as dogs lose a lot of their temperature through their paws. Investing in a pair of boots will help your dog retain body heat and reduce the risk of hypothermia. As dogs do not normally wear shoes this may take your pooch some getting used to. To help them out, let them practice wearing the boots around the house for a bit just to make the transition easier.
If, however, you would rather your dog didn’t walk around in such heavy snow, Pet Chauffeur will be more than happy to take your beloved pooch anywhere in the City that they need to go. Just give us a call!