Winter Paw Tips

Winter Paw Tips
By Claudia Kawczynska, January 2014, Updated February 2020

Trim Fur between dog toe pads that can get packed with snow and ice walking painful.

Boot Up Consider dog booties, make sure the fit is correct and start with short walks, with plenty of treats.

Avoid Frozen ponds or streams, dogs may fall through ice less than 2 inches thick.

Lube Up Lubricate paws to prevent skin cracks caused by cold, dry air. A thin coating of products as Bag Balm, Musher’s Secret or petroleum jelly will also do.

Quick Wipe Wash paws off after walks. Dogs can lick salt, antifreeze or other chemicals, plus paw pads may bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 76: Winter 2013

Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.