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Cold-Weather Paw Care

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2010

Winter may be months away, but it's never too early to prepare for snowy conditions that can wear on the paws of our four-legged friends. Follow these simple tips to ensure your dog's paws stay healthy despite the cold weather.

Invest in Protective Footwear
The salt and ice-melting chemicals used to maintain city sidewalks can irritate the pads of your dog's feet. Protect them with a pair of winter dog shoes, such as Pawz Dog Boots. Like a sock, these boots should move with your dog, allowing full paw motion while protecting your dog's feet from the elements.

Use Pet-Friendly Products
Use a salt-free, non-toxic snow-melting product, like Safe Paw Ice Melter, on your lawn and any concrete surfaces to remove snow and ice from your pet's path without spreading around dangerous chemicals.

Pamper the Paws
To sooth your puppy's weather-worn paws, try applying a natural protective wax, like Musher's Secret, to help prevent salt burn, and give your furry friend a warm foot bath when you return home from a walk in cold weather. Simply fill a container with warm water, briefly dunk each paw, and dry off with a soft towel.