Our dogs and cats are like family to us. Kids with four legs and a whole lot of personality! As pet parents we have make sure that we pay particular attention to their sensitive feet in extreme weather. Walking on heated asphalt or concrete is just as painful as snow and ice. Salt and excessive heat can cause the pads to blister and crack. Here are some helpful hints to get you through the weather.
Have you ever tried walking barefoot over an asphalt driveway at high noon? If you have, you know how uncomfortable that can be! Dogs feel the heat times 4! In extreme heat temperatures, try to walk your pet either in the early morning, or late in the afternoon. Please keep in mind that the streets and sidewalks are still extremely hot after the sun sets, so keeping Fido in grassy areas will help to protect their feet from burning.
Your best protection is a good pair of waterproof boots. Similar to the ones wore by sled dogs. They have a nice warm insulated lining and will keep Fido's feet warm and dry.
If your dog is not a boot person, try using some paw wax or petroleum jelly on their pads before allowing them to go out. It will prevent the formation of ice in between the paw pads. It also gives a moderate protection against frost bite. Paw wax and petroleum jelly is a bit messy, so be keep a towel on hand to wipe their feet before entering the house.
As for cats, the best advise I can give you is...don't let them outside during harsh weather! Cat's feet are very sensitive. Cats lick themselves so cremes and waxes may cause a problem with their digestive and immune systems. If your cat MUST go outside, try leaving a cardboard box that has been flattened. Although it is not recommended to leave your house pets out for more than 10 minutes at a time, cats are not the best at the recall command. The cardboard will insulate their feet temporarily until they are ready to come back inside.
During the month of January 2015, when you book your mobile grooming appointment with Clean Paws Mobile Grooming Salon you get our Frosty Paws Spa FREE with any full service spa! It includes our:
Spaw Pad Hydration Treatment Helps to soothes dry cracked/irritated paw pads
Paw Message A soft gentle paw massage helps Fido reach his "zen" spot
Pad Pad Protection Creme Our paw pad creme adds a layer of protection to keep Fido's tootsies soft and supple! .
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