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How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws in Winter

Winter can be rough on a dog’s paws! Just as wintertime is rough on our skin, there are special considerations, including how to protect your dog’s paws to think about.

Our dog’s paws take a beating most of the time but never more so than in the winter.

From the cold to salts for ice, Winter can create a recipe for disaster for them.

Take a look below for a few SIMPLE ways to protect your dog’s paws in Winter.

How to Protect Your Dog's Paws in Winter

Protecting your dog’s paws doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here are a few simple ways to protect them:

Pet Booties

You can protect your dog’s paws from the winter cold, ice, and salt on walks with a pair of pet booties.

Pet booties are shoes made especially for dogs.

They will help keep small dog’s feet warm and protected in the harsh winter cold.

Dog wearing coat and dog boots in the snow

Paw Wax or Balm

Apply a paw wax or balm before stepping outside for your dog walk to help protect paws from snow, ice, and salt.

This thin protective layer can help protect paws while preventing drying and cracking.

Wipe Their Paws

When you come in from your walk, use a warm washcloth to warm the paws and wipe away snow, chemicals, and debris from your dog’s paws.

This will help stop any reactions they are having and keep them comfortable throughout the day.

Shorter Walks

One thing that can help keep your dog’s paws comfortable in the winter is to take shorter walks.

This is an important way to help smaller dogs not designed for the winter cold.

Larger dogs with a double layer of fur are built for the snow and may still demand a longer walk.

If so, aim to keep your dog walking through snow piles and out of the roads and off sidewalks that may have salt and other non-pet-friendly ice melts on them.

Clipping their nails and the hair in between their toes can also help!

Take a look at these Winter Paw Care tips to learn more!

Beyond Comps

Sunday 24th of April 2022

They also need protecting in summer as I think a lot of people don't realize that tarmac can burn dogs feet as it gets really hot in the summer.


Monday 21st of January 2019

Dogs paws get cold just like our feet. Some people boot booties on their dogs for protection. Never heard of paw wax before. thanks

Sarah L

Sunday 20th of January 2019

Good tips to keep dogs well.

Janet W.

Sunday 20th of January 2019

That's a good idea to wipe their paws after a walk! Great tips!

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