THE BEST DOG BOOTS & PAW PROTECTORS FOR WINTER ADVENTURES
Did you know that soreness, drying, cracking and even chemical burns are common paw injuries during the winter? By no means should you cancel your next winter walk? Rather, make sure you understand the greatest winter paw hazards and consider getting your pup one of these popular paw protectors for your next cold-weather adventure.
THE 3 MOST COMMON WINTER HAZARDS FOR PAWS
ICE MELTS & ROCK SALT
Rock salt easily gets lodged between dogs’ toes and can cause irritation, dryness, cracking and even chemical burns after prolonged contact. Dogs that lick rock salt off of their paws can experience oral irritation and gastrointestinal discomfort. Greater consumption can result in dehydration, pancreatitis and even liver failure.
Ice is easily trapped in paws, particularly if the dog has hairy feet. Dogs that lick at these ice balls may ingest rock salt or other harmful ice-melting chemicals.
FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA
Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can cause damage to skin and tissue (frostbite). Paws, ears and extremities are at most risk of frostbite, and wet dogs can develop frostbite and hypothermia at alarmingly high rates.