Winter Paw Care For Dogs

Winter Paw Care For Dogs

Today I want to talk about the dangers that winter weather can cause to a dog’s paws.

We know that dogs paws can get infected, inflamed, dry and flaky when the weather is cold, wet and icy.

However, another danger is present that is not so widely known about.

It is caused by the antifreeze, salt crystals and other ice-melting agents which are used on cars in winter. They contain harmful and poisonous chemicals which can injure a dog’s paws. Deposits of antifreeze are left behind on pavements and roads by motorists and dogs walk through it. The paws then get sore and inflamed.

Of course, if the dog’s paws hurt he will lick them and also internally ingest these chemicals.

Sand and salt used on icy roads to melt ice can get lodged between the claws and cause irritation.

Running on solid ice can cause split nails and grazes on the paws.


Winter Paw Care For Dogs


This condition mainly affects extremities like tips of ears, nose, and tail. It will only occur if the dog is left outside in the cold for long periods. A short walk won’t cause frostbite.

Winter Paw Care For Dogs

Here are a few tips to keep your dog’s paws healthy.

Keep the dog’s paws as dry as possible

Keep the fur short so that ice balls can’t form.

Use a paw balm before the dog goes outside.

Paw Balm can be bought online or you can make your own by melting coconut oil, vitamin e. olive oil, natural beeswax, and shea butter. I haven’t tried this but there are loads of videos online which show you how to melt and combine these ingredients. Rubbing with petroleum jelly will also add a little protection from the elements.


 Is it ok for a dog to wear boots?

Actually, vets recommend them if you can train your dog to wear them.  Find a pair that fits really well, so they don’t drop off or cut off circulation.

It is difficult to get a jumper on my mini dachshund never mind four boots and I just know he would hate them. So, I will use the balm and keep walks short whilst there is snow and ice on the ground.

Paw Protector Dog Boots from Amazon

Oatmeal Paw Butter from Amazon



Another hazard in winter is Christmas food which is poisonous to dogs.

You can find out all about which foods are harmful here

Keep Those Tails Wagging!



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