Caring for Paws During the Winter

emergency vet dallas Your pet’s paws can become damaged during extreme temperatures, resulting in the need for an emergency vet appointment. To protect your pet’s paws during the winter, you need to be vigilant about his activities. If you live in an area that gets snow, ice, or strong winds during the winter months, take extra care of your pet when he is outside.

After your pet comes in from outside, clean and dry his feet and stomach to get rid of any snow, ice, mud, or chemical deposits that may remain in his fur. Bathing frequency should be reduced during the winter months in most cases, as frequent bathing plus low humidity from forced heating can dry out a dog’s skin and make it flaky and chapped. If your dog’s paws become irritated, tender, red, or flaky, rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on them before and after he goes outside. Old fashioned Bag Balm should also be great for this purpose. Bag Balm was used at Ground Zero in New York after 9/11 for the paws of cadaver-sniffing dogs, and it has been used by American troops in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for a myriad of purposes.

If your pet is showing signs of winter paw damage, bring him to a Chastain Veterinary medical Group veterinary hospital in north Dallas or McKinney. Our experienced veterinarians offer comprehensive veterinary care for dogs, cats, pet birds and other non-traditional household pets. To schedule an appointment at our animal clinic or learn about our emergency vet services, call us today at (972) 239-1309 in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

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