Keeping your dog’s feet healthy during the winter months is an important part of keeping your dog comfortable and happy. Dogs need traction on the icy sidewalks and parking lots. To help provide the natural traction of the paw pads, it’s important to keep the hair on their feet and in their pads trimmed, and it also stops the snow from sticking to the long fur and turning into ice balls when they come back inside.
You will notice your dog licking its feet to try to keep them clean. Dogs with especially thick hair on their feet and in their pads, such as cocker spaniels, poodles, shih-tzus, and doodles, need our assistance to keep those paws healthy. Wet hair between toes can cause foot fungus because it is a dark, warm and wet environment. It is like walking around with wet socks on our feet. If the paws are trimmed, the moisture can dry faster when indoors.
If the hair on your dog’s feet is long and thick, we tend not to notice as readily how long the toenails have grown. Long toe nails make walking more difficult, especially for dogs that are older and arthritic, or have joint problems. Think of trying to walk in the snow, up and down stairs, and getting in and out of the car with shoes that are a size too big for you .
We all want comfort for our fur-children during the cold, unpredictable Indiana winter months. Here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year, and less time cleaning that melting snow that Fido leaves behind on your freshly cleaned floors!
I personally do not like stepping into a wet spot on my wood floors with the clean socks that I just put on! Eeeeewwwwww 🙁
Jackie Quinn, Groomer