Well, it’s early Winter now, and for some parts of the country you may be thinking about preparing for Snow, ice, and colder temperatures, and in other Southernmost exposures you may still be dealing with heat. Either way, I would like to talk to you about the importance of how to protect your dog’s paws in both Cold or Hot temperatures.
Many of you know, and some of you do not know that a mere 10 seconds of a dog putting a paw to the ground; albeit frozen ground or overheated ground, is equivalent to us humans placing the palm of our hand or bottom of our foot on that same ground. Meaning of course, that if it feels way too cold or way too hot for you, it is going to feel the exact same to your precious pooch. So what do I recommend? Getting your dog measured for a non-decorative, functional type of boot/paw protector such as Ruffwear brand Bark n’ Boots, Ultra Paws, Muttluks, and many other reputable brands. Use the boots for protection; not just against the harsh cold or hot temperatures, but also for paw protection from dangerous and potentially toxic chemicals such as mag chloride, salt, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, burs, thorns, and of course mud. You can use the boots on your regular daily walks and on your hikes and adventures you and your dogs go on together!
I am including an easy to click on photo of a highly reputable company called BackCountry K-9 here on this page for you or you can click directly on the highlighted name in blue.
If you cannot find a reputable company with a size of boot that fits your pooch, then I recommend and advocate the use of a product by the name of ‘Musher’s Secret’. It coats and protects your pet’s paw pads. Just make sure to apply between the toes and to the dewclaws as well. * My Aunt Joyce uses it on her team of Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies and at the age of 80, still races her dogs in the Iditarod. * So this product comes highly recommended from someone who knows firsthand. * If you are interested in this product then by all means please CONTACT ME and I will order the product for you if you cannot locate it in your area 🙂
Cold weather or warm, stay safe out there and of course keep your dogs away from any ‘interesting’ smells such as antifreeze; which has an attractive, sweet smell and of course is deadly if ingested.
Originally posted 2015-09-08 20:42:47.