With the crazy weather, there seems to be no location that won’t be reaching for some type of salt product to melt ice and snow on the sidewalk. And one thing is for certain, paws and salt are not a good combination.
So, what can you do?
There are several options that might work for you, your dog, and your neighborhood.
Pet Friendly Salt
We don’t always have this option, but if you live in a high density dog neighborhood or a pet friendly condo building, your association may be able to direct staff to use pet friendly salt. Since there is no way to be certain that the salt is pet friendly unless you have specifically checked, we suggest the next option as a safe guard.
Believe me, I know. There are enough YouTube videos showing dogs dancing, prancing, and otherwise attempting to get those dang things off their paws to solidify the fact that most dogs are not fans. That being said, with a little practice and training, it is generally possible to make this option work. In my neighborhood, I see dogs better equipped for the cold weather than I am. It can be done. But just in case your pooch gives a resounding, NO WAY, let’s move to the next option.
This is a product that you can rub on your dog’s paw pads before going out to give them a layer of protection from the ice, snow, salt, and whatever else is out there. You can find it at your local pet store, online, or you can make your own. I’ve personally used Musher’s Secret, but there are many other options. The American Kennel Club has a recipe if you want to make your own: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/how-to-make-your-own-paw-balm-for-winter/.
Whatever options you choose, remember to wipe down your pet’s paws when you return from walks and keep their paws trimmed to avoid accumulation of chemicals and ice between their pads. Shorten walks during extreme temperatures and stay safe when you are out, with or without, Fido!