By: Ian McCracken
Humans keep their feet protected in almost any scenario. When the ground is hot in the summer, we slip on a sandal or flip flop. As the weather gets colder and the snow starts falling, we grab our boots and trudge on. Even in our houses, we put on slippers to keep our toes warm.
Dog's feet are at risk for cuts, sores, cracking from dry skin, and more during the winter months, putting them in unnecessary pain. We need to keep those paws protected from the elements, just as we do ourselves.
Here are three great products, we carry at our Company Store, for protecting your dog's feet in the winter months.
- Musher’s Secret -
Musher’s Secret was developed in Canada for sled dogs (now those paws had it bad). Thankfully, it is available for the mainstream pooch and can protect from any conditions. It is made from 100% natural waxes that form a semi-permeable membrane over the dog’s paws, meaning protection is on the outside while perspiration from the paws inside the wax can escape.
The product should be applied outdoors, but dries in minutes. Once fully dried, your dog is safe to put his paws anywhere in the house and not make any marks on your floor or furniture.
- Pet Wellness Blends -
Made locally in York, Maine by Herbs For Life, Inc., Pet Wellness Blends also makes a paw-protection product, Protect-A-Paw. Their butter is made from certified organic and wild harvested ingredients, making it natural while also providing “healing and soothing properties” for your dog.
Herbs For Life, Inc. also makes a Canine Healing Salve for already damaged paws. The salve is used for healing hotspots, bites rashes, minor burns, and irritation. While also minimizing scar tissue for your pet, it is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-septic.
- Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots -
Sometimes, your dog wants to experience all of nature on those paws of theirs. Other times, nature makes life uncomfortable, especially when it’s cold. Give them all around paw protection with the Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boot. With its durable grip inside and out, your dog will not slip around or out of his boots. Beyond the winter months, the boots are good on grass, dirt, and even indoors.
We keep our feet protected, so why not do the same for our canine companions. At Planet Dog, exploring is one of our core values and we refuse to let weather hold us back. So keep those paws safe, let nature run its course, and keep exploring.