PROTECT YOUR DOG’S PAWS FROM THE COLD AND FROM DE-ICING SALT

Protéger les pattes de chien en hiver

In the Quebec winter, frozen paws are an unfortunate recurring problem for dogs. Unlike felines, man’s best friend can’t be satisfied with sleeping 20 hours a day on a favourite couch. For all dogs, time outside is essential for bathroom reliefand exercise needed for optimal health. That said, there is a sure way we can protect our companion’s paws from the rigours of winter temperatures.

Hands or paws, same fight!

First of all, this doesn’t come as a surprise that going outside without gloves during winter is enough to dehydrate our hands and cause serious irritation. Now imagine going for a walk around the block barefoot in this polar weather — nasty!  Sure, dogs’ paws are padded underneath, but, unfortunately, this is not sufficient protection.

Indeed, a dog’s paw pads will freeze after just a few minutes in very cold temperatures. This is especially true if you live in the city and have to walk on the sidewalks. Although de-icing salt is always appreciated because no one likes to end up in the emergency room with a broken leg, this abrasive worsens the damage to canine feet. Walking on salt and frozen ground can cause your dog’s paws to crack and may leadto friction burns and even infections. 

Playing in the snow without freezing your paws!

To protect Fido’s paws, of course you can purchase boots designed especially for animals. Here, you must choose the ones best suited to your companion’s lifestyle. The most expensive boots are usually knee-high. These are particularly useful if the dog is used to long hikes.

Alternatively, there are dog boot models that cover only the paw. These models are generally inexpensive and perfect for short daily walks. However, they are not particularly suitable for more active animals. After a few running strides, it won’t come as a surprise if your favourite athlete loses his footwear. Speaking from experience, we can guarantee that trying to find a cast off set in the snow will keep you busy for a few hours!

A shot of paw balm for doggie?

Finally, let’s not overlook the benefits of a good paw balm. The best are made from natural ingredients, such as kokum butter, which hydrates quickly. Even better if it contains hemp oil and cedar oil because the latter have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Crocx offers you such a paw balm that is made right here in Quebec! Simply apply a layer of it to the paws before going out in the cold and the balm will protect the dog’s pads from both the cold and the de-icing salt.

A shot of paw balm for doggie? Finally, let’s not overlook the benefits of a good paw balm. The best are made from natural ingredients, such as kokum butter, which hydrates quickly. Even better if it contains hemp oil and cedar oil because the latter have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Crocx offers you such a paw balm that is made right here in Quebec! Simply apply a layer of it to the paws before going out in the cold and the balm will protect the dog’s pads from both the cold and the de-icing salt.

On a final note, remember that if dog paws are vulnerable to the frigid temperatures, so are muzzles. In fact, the Quebec winter is enough to dehydrate this particularly sensitive part of the canine anatomy in only a few minutes. Just like the pads, we suggest that you apply a little bit of Crocx muzzle balm to your companion so they can safely enjoy the colder months.

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