Thursday, January 6, 2011

Paw Health

When there is ice and snow, you can expect various melting products to be on the ground. Ice melt products are typically made of salt.

When your pet walks through the ice and snow, particles of salt, sand or even ice crystals can become lodged in the webbing. Your dog may even ingest the salts by licking his paws, which can cause illness.

The paws and paw pads are an important part of your dog's health.

Keep your pet's paws healthy in winter by following these suggestions:

After each walk, wash off your pet's feet. This will remove any ice and road salt that can cause excessive dryness. You can use a bucket or bowl to dip your dog's paws in, or use something like the Paw Plunger.

Trim the hair between your pet's toes to reduce the chance of collecting ice and snow crystals.

Petroleum jelly or a great product such as Nutri-Vet Paw Guard Wax can be placed on the surface of the pads, especially prior to walking outdoors. Not only does it help protect the paws, it also helps to heal cracked paw pads and abrasions.

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