Your dog's feet need protection in winter - especially from snow and ice. When looking for protective products, you want to consider three things: minimizing slippage on ice, keeping your dog's feet warm, and keeping your dog away from chemicals used by local governments or individuals to dissipate ice. Each of these products achieves at least one of these goals, and I consider them the very best of what's available....
1. Safe Paw Non-Toxic Ice Melter
Safe Paw Non-Toxic Ice Melter
Rock salt is not, repeat not, safe for pets. They lick the salt, which contains either sodium chloride or potassium chloride, which can be poisonous. The best non-toxic ice melter on the market is made by Safe Paw which contains carbonyl diamide and a glycol admixture, safe for pets, kids, multiple surfaces, and even the environment. The product is effective at melting ice as cold as 2° Fahrenheit. The time-released formula also keeps ice from re-forming for up to 3 days.
2. Musher's Secret All Natural Paw Wax
Musher's Secret All Natural Paw Wax
For walking in snow, there's nothing better than Musher's Paw Wax for your dogs pads. It keeps the cold snow from penetrating into the skin on their foot pads, and prevents snow from accumulating on the hair between the pads. A product you can use all year-round, Musher's Paw Wax is the kind of protection we humans should have for our skin, protecting pads from heat and even harsh terrains. Musher's is made from food-grade wax and is absorbed quickly. It won't even leave footprints on your freshly waxed floors. Dry your dog's feet, however, when he comes in from the snow and, for best results, re-apply before each outing.
3. Muttluks Fleece-Lined Leather Dog Boots
Muttluks Fleece-Lined Leather Dog Boots
Dog paws can get very tender in winter weather, but if stuffed into the wrong boots, they can become irritated. I love Muttluks because they are warm and made of natural products that breathe and allow your pet's paws to breathe too. Muttluks are good on snow and ice and do grip the ice, keeping your pup from sliding a lot. Sizing is important; if you get the Muttluks too big, they will slide off as your dog walks. But they come in several sizes (and colors!), and if the size is right, your pup will have a nice warm pair of boots that are secured on his feet with velcro straps and slipper socks that keep snow from collecting on his lower legs. Use the boots only in very cold weather or snow as a dog's feet should normally be kept uncovered.
That's the buzz for today! (No slip-sliding away!)