When it comes to dogs, there are few things they love more than frolicking around in the backyard through fresh snow.  This is awesome for them as an exercise activity and is just too cute to ignore.  However, there are a few health concerns that come with dogs and winter conditions.

Cutting Nails and Trimming Paws. 

One of the easiest ways to make sure that dogs are able to have proper traction when walking around during the winter is to make sure to trim their nails short.  Dogs who have overly long toenails are unable to walk around smoothly because of how uneven it makes their steps.  This is only made worse on slick ground like ice and by keeping them short, you can help increase the amount of traction that they get on any given surface.

Winter Dog Apparel: Boots

Without a doubt, one of the most effective and possibly cutest solution for pet paw safety during the winter is buying a pair of dog boots for your pup.  Each specific brand that manufactures these has their own unique approach to the solution of providing comfort, warmth, durability, grip and style to keep their paws warm.  Just remember to provide enough time for your dog to become comfortable with this new product before just exposing them into a new environment. 

Household Cleaners & Ice Melts

One of the most important considerations to take into account when trying to keep dogs healthy during the winter is being aware of the kinds of indoor cleaners used.  Products that have potentially toxic chemicals, especially bleach, can possibly harm paws and should be used sparingly, as well as cleaned up immediately afterwards to prevent exposure. Remember –because of the cold –their paws are more sensitive than normal.

Watching for Frostbite

Dog paws, ears and tails are equally susceptible to frostbite which starts with swelling, numbness and discoloration in the affected area.  This can be effectively treated by using a rag or cloth, soaked in water, to treat the affected area; just rub them down and repeat this process a few times until their condition improves. Lastly, don’t be afraid to take your pet to the veterinarian if you are ever concerned about their condition.

Now, time for some snow fun with your pouch!