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Hello everyone..
I am new to this forum and want to know how you care for dog's paws in winter. I known fact that winter can be hard on a dog's paws and they need special care in winter. I am looking for some good ways to keep my dog's paws well-groomed? Does anyone know how to minimize winter problems (e.g. cracked, sore pads, blisters and infections). I am also looking for a good paw cream or wax.

Any advice and recommendations are welcome.
 

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I was told once that soaking in warm water helps. I haven't had to yet with badger his paw pads have been pretty good this winter.
 

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Paw care in winter is mostly common sense.

Trim the fur under paw area , also nails.
Most everyone I know uses Mushers Secret paw wax.
Take some time to get your dog used to having you check and handle the paws when at home relaxing.

If on a long outside trek check paws for sharp objects, rocks, ice, gravel etc.
When snow and ice are present check paws regular for ice balls.
In areas where snow/ice melt chemicals are used make sure to clean and rinse paws when returning home to keep your dog from licking and ingesting chemicals.
Be vigilant about any swelling or redness as chemicals retained in paw fur and between toes can cause chemical burns , and , see Vet if needed..

Keep some wipes with you if out for an extended time outside to clean and check paws.
When home check paws for any damage , cuts or redness. If needed you can wash with warm water, anti-bacterial soap and rinse well with warm water. Reapply Mushers Secret.

If needed you can also get some booties. Make sure fit is correct and let dog ware booties around the house some before outside use.

Best , oldhounddog



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Every winter, I buy boots for my dog. This is to keep his paws warm while walking on the snowy road. I remembered taking her for a walk without boots, she was shaking and I carried her all the way home.
 

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I am new and saw this thread so I thought I should share what I use for my hounds. I use a wax called Mushers Secret, it's hypoallergenic and doesn't stain. Spread it on the pads and it protects against the ice and snow ... although when salt is put down I use PAWS, the little rubber disposable boots
 
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