How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws in Winter

How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws in Winter

Many people are not aware of the dangers winter poses for a dog’s paws. Winter brings both snow and ice, which can be very treacherous for a pup’s paw pads. For that reason, it is important to take precautions before heading out into the winter weather.

First, inspect your dog’s paws thoroughly to look for any cuts or abrasions that may need medical attention. If there are no signs of injury, then make sure they have plenty of water available in case their feet get wet from walking on icy surfaces. Also, ensure that your dog has access to dry food so he doesn’t develop an infection due to licking his paws after being outside.

Why It’s Important To Keep Your Dog’s Paws Warm

The first step to protecting your dog’s paws in winter is to make sure their feet are dry! Give them a bath with warm water, and rinse until you can’t feel any more soap coming off. Dry their feet gently with towels or paper towels. If your dog is outside during the day, be sure to give them another bath when you get home.

Next, cover their paws with doggie booties! We have two ways you can go about this! The first way is by using our Bootie Paws™ (which we sell at Pet Smart). These boots fit over your dogs’ paw pads like socks, but they’re made of soft rubberized material which keeps out snow and ice while still allowing for easy movement.

What Are The Symptoms Of Cold Paws?

Many dog owners don’t give a second thought to the state of their furry friend’s paws until they notice it dragging or not wanting to walk very far. This is because many people assume that the cold “boots up” from the bottom of the feet and so long as their dog can still walk, there’s no problem. Cold paws are a much more serious issue than it first appears. The most common symptom of cold paws is pain when walking in deep snow or on icy surfaces. Other signs include:

Lethargy – Your pet may be tired after spending time outside without proper protection against the elements. If your dog has been out for an extended period of time, he will need to rest before continuing with his day.

Reduced activity level – A lethargic dog won’t want to play like normal. He’ll also have trouble getting excited about going places. This could mean that your dog needs some extra attention from you.

Excessive licking/scratching at paws– Dogs who spend too much time outdoors often develop dry skin around their paw pads. They lick them excessively because they’re trying to remove this irritation.

How Can You Know If Your Dog Needs Treatment For Cold Paws?

Winter is on its way, but your dog’s paws are still unprotected. Many veterinarians recommend booties for dogs to protect their paws from snow, ice or salt that may irritate the skin or do damage to the pads of their feet. When it comes to finding the perfect paw protection for you furry friend, there are a few things you need to decide on first before purchasing the product.

Prevention Tips

It’s winter and the cold weather is upon us. The one thing we want to avoid is a paw injury on our dogs. Here are a few tips to keep your pup’s paws healthy this winter.

A) Clean your dog’s paws after they have been running through the snow or through any slushy puddles that have collected on the ground. You can use a mixture of water and vinegar to rinse off their paws. This will help remove dirt from under their nails as well as dry out their paws so they don’t get too wet when walking in the rain or snow.

B) Keep an eye on how much ice your dog has access to during the day. If you notice that he/she seems to be getting more than usual, then it may mean that there is some sort of problem with his/her feet. It could also just be because he/she likes playing outside!

Warm Winter Boots

Winter may be a time for coats to be donned, but it can also be a painful time for dogs. The cold ground can pose issues for their paws, particularly if they are not properly sheathed in protective winter boots. One way to prevent their paws from getting frostbite or ice balls that form on the paw pads is to put socks on them to keep the warmth in and moisture away.

Prevention Supplements

Winter is a time for bundling up and preparing our pets for the onslaught of snow and ice. There are many hazards that lurk beneath the surface, such as sharp ice and other debris, that can harm your dog’s paws. To help protect against these dangers, there are several supplements available at pet stores that you may want to consider giving your furry friend.


One of the most important things you can do to protect your dog during the winter is to give them socks. Dogs are not always covered in fur, so their skin can get cold and dry, which can then get infected. For the best protection against this, get some booties for your pup! There are many types of boots available on the market that will suit any size paw. Another way to protect your pup is by making sure they have a warm coat.