Walking dogs in icy cold weather can be a concern for dog owners. Ice and snow can cause damage to your dog’s paws. Snow and ice can get stuck in between the pads on your dog’s paws, causing cuts and uncomfortably cold toes.
Adding a pad protectants such as Musher’s Secret or Bag Balm can help prevent drying and cracking of the pads but for those packed snowballs between the toes, your best bet is to simply let it melt off in the heat of your home.
You can also prevent this build up by keeping the fur between your dog’s toes trimmed. To avoid trimming out too much hair, keep your scissors parallel with your dogs pads and just shear off the fur that sticks out from in between the pads. Around the toes the fur should be cut just short enough to see the end of the toenail. Trim around the sides to keep that nice “paw” shape. If your dog isn’t a dog that grows hair between his toes (not all do), then you need trim nothing.