Ice and salt in winter

When a dog is walking outdoors in winter , sometimes ice balls form between his fingers and pads, which can be quite painful.

Helza and Belle enjoying the snow

Helza and Belle enjoying the snow

The heat from the paws melts the snow between its toes. Shortly after , the water freezes and forms icicles  gradually . It is as if rocks were stuck between the pads and then the dog begins to limp .

Sometimes the dog licks paws in order to dislodge pieces of ice , but since saliva freezes as well, the condition gets worse.

There are three simple tips to prevent the problem .

First , cut the excess hair between the toes and fingers. It helps prevent the formation of ice.

Second, you can apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly between the pads . It prevents the formation of ice and it protects the skin from salt that is spread on sidewalks and streets .

Third , the use of dog boots . In addition to keeping their feet dry and warm , it protects them against salt and abrasives.

If your dog does not tolerate boots,make sure you rinse or wipe his paws with a damp cloth after each walk.

If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of the medical team of the Clinic (514-634-4190) who will be happy to assist you.

About the clinic: The Lachine Veterinary Clinic offers an unmatched and personalized service to pet owners from Lachine, LaSalle, Dorval and Pointe Claire, but also across the West Island of Montreal (West Island) and Laval, and has done so ,since 1982.

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