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Protect Your Dog’s Paws From Snow and Ice
by Stacey Brecher


•Limit the amount of time your dog spends outside when it’s extremely cold or snowing. “In the
case of snow, salt and ice, use a balm or Vaseline to protect its paws before and after taking it
out,” says Irma Cedeno, author of Guide to Perros, About.com’s Spanish-language guide to dogs.
“The ice and snow can get stuck between its pads and cause cuts, cold and discomfort.” Once
you arrive home, wash your dog’s paws with a warm cloth to remove any excess residue
between the pads.

•Booties are another way to protect your dog’s paws. “They come in many colors and styles, and
many dogs are tolerant of them,” says Cedeno. “Distract the dog with a toy or treats while you
put them on.”

•Stop your dog from licking its paws. Road salt and other deicers contain sodium chloride or
potassium chloride, both of which can be very hazardous to your dog. “The salt gets stuck on
the paws, causing the dog to be in pain,” says Cedeno. “Your dog may then try to lick it to get
it off. Road salt can cause an upset stomach, pain, blisters, vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead
to an emergency trip to the vet.”

•Your dog’s paws, ears and tail are all susceptible to frostbite, which starts with swelling and
numbness in the affected area. To alleviate frostbite, Cedeno suggests using first aid procedures,
such as patting the area with a warm cloth and then soaking it in warm water. Don’t delay in
contacting your vet.

Article by Stacey Brecher, a freelance writer. She has contributed to Animal Fair magazine, and
her blogs have previously appeared on The Dog Daily
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With winter in full swing, the ground will inevitably be covered with
snow and ice, both of which can cause wear and tear to your dog’s
paws. But not to worry. You can still enjoy walks by taking certain
precautions.