Winter Paw & Skin Protection

Published on January 10th, 2019

When winter comes around, it is easy for humans to bundle up and protect ourselves accordingly. But what about your furry friend who is also exposed to the elements when outside? The dry winter air can cause your dog to experience itchy, dry skin, and winter walks can take a toll on your dog’s paws as well. The ice and snow can get wedged between paw pads and potentially cause frostbite. Chemicals from ice-melting agents such as salt may be licked off and be dangerous to your dog as well.

Here are some tips from our Norridge animal hospital to help your dog stay healthy and protected this winter!

Keep Your Home Humidified

To combat the cold, dry air outside, make sure your home is kept at the right humidity level. You should also use a towel to dry off your dog when he or she comes inside, especially focusing on the paws and between the toes.

Don’t Bathe Them Too Often

You may be tempted to bathe your dog often during the winter months to help keep their coats moisturized. However, too many baths can have the opposite effect and remove the necessary oils from their skin. This results in dry, flaky and itchy skin. In the case that a bath is necessary, our Norridge animal hospital can recommend a moisturizing shampoo.

Use Petroleum Jelly

Putting a thin layer of petroleum jelly onto your dog’s paw pads can help protect against salt and chemical damage. It is also helpful if your dog has chapped paws after being outside.

Take the extra steps to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy this winter! Contact our team at Portage Park Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic if you have more questions or concerns!

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