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Paw-fectly Safe Paws for the Winter: Keeping your dog's paws healthy during the winter months

Well, Mr. Groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter, so we might as well be prepared for it! Today we are giving you all of the best tips and tricks for keeping your pup's paws safe when facing ice, salt or snow!

With all the ice we've been getting in the Orange County, I am sure most of us are using salt to ensure that we don't slip quite like our friend in the GIF above. With that being said, salt can be very dangerous to your pup. In most ice salts, the main ingredient is sodium chloride, which can irritate a dog's paws and can even go as far to cause chemical burns for your pup. If you've ever notice your pump limping after walking on salt or picking a paw up, this is why. With that being said, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to keep the irritation and salt chemical burns to a minimum for your fur baby.


First things first, use pet-friendly salts. While these salts are still not safe for your pet to ingest, they are less harsh on the paws leading to less irritation if not any at all. Many of these pet-friendly options are also better on vegetation, meaning they won't kill your plans or grass. We personally use Road Runner's Pet Friendly Ice Melt and have not experience any issues as far as paw irritation with it. This can be bought in a 20 lb. bag from Lowe's or Home Depot. Click here if you're interested in learning more.


If you've changed salts and are still looking for a better alternative to your pup's paw protection, we have a few suggestions for you, starting with snow boots! While many of the time these aren't completely waterproof, they will protect your pup's paw from the ice melt. There are many different forms of snow boots your can use for your pup, we carry a few different types in our Dog Mom's of OCNY Boutique. We have both waterproof booties and silicone rain booties here, but you can also use Pawz, which are essentially latex deflated balloons that go over your dog's paws to protect them from the salt, ice and snow. No matter what you feel is best for your pup, the thing these all have in common is creating a barrier between the salt, ice and snow and your dog's paws.


If you're dog isn't thrilled with booties, another option to use is a paw balm. Many of these paw balms have healing, soothing and moisturizing properties and can be used on a dog's paws, nose and even elbows! According to EmotionalPetSupport.com, "Paw balm creates a semi-permeable barrier which protects the skin on the pads from anything they come into contact with." We carry Lilly Bear Treats 3 in 1 Relief Salve in our boutique if you want to come grab some to protect your pup's paws for the rest of the winter. This paw balm is also great for hot surfaces or rough terrains.


Lastly, we would recommend wiping your dog's paws when they come inside to make sure that the salt is not sitting on their paws and so that they are not licking the salt off the paws and causing larger intestinal burns.


We hope you've found this article helpful in keeping your pup's paws safe and pain free as we continue to bare the next 6 weeks of winter! As always, be sure to follow Dog Moms of OCNY on social media (@dogmomsofocny) to stay up to date with all of our events, merchandise, and blog posts! Our next blog post will be up on Wednesday, March 10th at 7pm EST.



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