Post # 1
I feel awful. Ever since we have been dumped on with snow, my puppy has averaged one walk a week. It’s not because I don’t want to take her. It is just too cold for her. After about five minutes of walking, she starts to limp. After about 10-15, she starts to walk on her front paws like she’s trying out for Cirque du Soleil.
She refuses to wear boots. Believe me, I’ve tried. My question is: has anyone tried an alternative to doggy boots? I’ve heard there is a gel you can put on their paws. Has anyone heard of or tried it?
Gah! We can’t stay cooped up any longer!
Post # 3
You can buy balm for their paws or use vasoline. Check the length of the hair between the pads, their is long it can cause ice balls to form between the paws which is painful for the pup. Another big culprit for dogs discomfort in the winter isnt actually the cold, but chemical irritation/burns. All the salt and chemicals used to help keep roads and side walks free of ice can cause a lot of problems for dogs feet. Try to find places to walk that minimize this exposure. Make sure to wipe paws when you get home to remove any chemical residue. Hope it warms up for you soon and you can enjoy some nicer weather walks!
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Post # 5
TheMrsTulip Did you try walking her at Petsmart or Petco? When it’s too hot or raining in S. California I take my little ones to the stores and walk them around. Also our local Lowe’s let’s us wallk dogs there too…so I do that too, just yesterday I took one of my little ones to Lowe’s with me and my hubby took the other to Petsmarts since we had to run different errands. Depending on the type of dog you have 20-45 mins a day will work that is if your dog is a small dog, the bigger the breed the longer they require to be walked. I would also suggest looking at local web sites to see where you can walk your dog….we have an outdoor mall where dogs are allowed in over 50 stores and also BedBath and Beyond allows dogs in their stores….I would just do a little research.
Post # 6
I have the unfortunate problem of living in AK with a dog that hates snow. If your dog will not take to boots with hard soles try the soft fleece variety, or visa versa, usually dogs will tolerate one but not the other, and it will get easier the more they wear them. Also if she is going to be grommed soon ask your groomer to trim the hair on the bottom of her feet, something that hair will collect ice and snow and get uncomfortable in between thier toes. If you have a local park/bike path etc that keeps thier paths plowed that is my only other suggestion. fluffy snow is no fun for little guys but they can usually tolerate the cold better if it is on black top.
If her feet are cracking from the cold I use regular ordinary shea butter (the same kind people use in thier hair and for dry hands) on the pads of her feet, they don’t usually like the taste and it will keep them from getting too sensitive which helps a lot. good luck!
Post # 7
@TheMrsTulip: shes doing that bc of the cold and the salt that down! It sucks to their paws and when they then step in water or snow it burns them!!! i know you asked for alternatives to boots, and I didn’t give any info.
Post # 8
Try Musher’s Secret. We apply it every day during the winter months and about once a week during the rest of the year. We’re outside a lot, and have no problems with cracked paws (salt) or walking in snow.