Extreme cold can be tough on dogs, even ones that LOVE the snow! Tabby & Jacks has some tips to get your pet through the winter safely and in good health.

Are your puppy’s paws prepared for the snow and cold? Don’t miss how to keep your dog in tip top for winter’s extreme conditions!

Other quick tips:

  • Wipe your dog’s paws, legs and belly when they come indoors to remove dirt, moisture, salt and chemicals that may be in de-icers.
  • Trim hair or fur on paws and between toes to prevent slippage and keep ice from forming.
  • Don’t leave pets outside for extended periods of time.
  • Do periodic checks for cracked, red and irritated skin, especially between toes and around paw pads.
  • Always provide a warm, draft-free sleeping area they can go to when they need to cuddle up and keep cozy. 
  • Preventing Snow & Ice balls on their foot pads

So, don’t let the extreme winter weather get you down – get out there and have some fun, safely! 

Protect fur and feet before going out for walks or play:

You want your dog to have fun in the snow, you want them to get fresh air and exercise… besides, they need it! But, snow and ice can do damage to even the most winter friendly dogs among us.  Most dogs benefit greatly from some added protection, especially when it comes to their paws.

Snow turns to ice when next to your dog’s skin and forms rock hard balls that expand between toes as snow accumulates. Applying a paw protectant like Musher’s Secret to paw pads will help keep ice from forming and pads from cracking. A paw protectant can also make it easier to wipe paws when they come back inside.

Don’t have a store brand paw protectant?

Many pet owners have discovered what hunters say they use on their dogs’ paws … good old fashion Crisco.  Applying this on and around paw pads and in-between toes can work much like Ainsley's Organic Paw Wax. Others suggest using petroleum jelly, but since it’s a chemical based product it might not be the best choice for dogs who lick off the excess. And be careful of ice, since all of these leave a dog more prone to slippage. 

Tips to prepare your pet for extreme winter conditions 

So many of our beloved furry friends just love to roll around in the snow seemingly unaffected by the cold temperatures.  But the truth is, if you’re feeling the cold, your dog is too (no matter how fast that tail may be wagging.)  Luckily, there are few things you can do to keep your dog safe and healthy through the winter months.