Cold: Do I need to protect paws from cold temperatures?
Your dog’s paws are made to handle the cold. A lot of pet owners turn to dog boots because they are worried their dog’s paws cannot handle the cold. You wouldn’t want to walk outside barefoot, would you?
But it turns out your dog’s paws are very different from human feet.
The tissue in your dog’s paws is actually designed to protect them down to -35 degrees (C). Their paws contain insulating fats that are freeze resistant and their thermoregulation system is made to keep them warmer without needing external insulation like boots.
There are, however, other things you’ll want to protect your dog from. With snow and ice comes a lot of salt and other chemicals that can cause damage to your dog’s paws. Paw Protector creates a barrier to these damaging substances so that their paws stay protected and moisturized while allowing them the freedom of natural movement without boots.
To boot, or not to boot?
So why not just wear dog boots anyways to keep out the salt and other harmful substances?
Well, it turns out that dog boots aren’t very good for your dog. If you’ve ever seen a dog wearing dog boots chances are they didn’t like them. They likely tried to take them off, walked a little goofy and might have even been falling and slipping.
This is a clear sign that those dog boots are not good for the dog. Dog boots can actually be harmful to your dog’s gait and sense of the ground. This leads them to more injuries, falls, and a higher risk for joint and mobility issues.
When are dog boots useful?
If you’re in an area that might contain sharp objects that could hurt your pooch’s paws, such as if there is broken glass around – dog boots can definitely outweigh the cons of wearing them. Police dogs in Germany often wear dog boots for this very reason, as many of their dogs were getting injured from sharp objects in more dangerous areas.
Why paws need protecting
So, if your pet can handle the cold, why is it important to protect paws in the winter?
In the wintertime, paws can easily become dry and prone to cracking due to the dry cold air and things like salt or antifreeze. As paws dry out they become more sensitive to chemicals, debris, salt and other irritants which can lead to even more drying, cracking and irritation. Most chemicals that melt ice, for example, are highly toxic and can cause chemical burns to paws. You may not use these products, but many cities will use them on roadways and sidewalks and can easily spread to other areas via foot and car traffic. Overtime walking on these chemicals can cause injury to paws. The pad will start to dry out and peel, and eventually the burns can become infected.
Keep in mind, it’s important to protect the paws of outdoor cats too.
What you can do to protect paws
Paw Protector contains coconut oil, cocoa butter, almond oil, shea butter, beeswax, lecithin and calendula. Together these ingredients provide a protective layer over paws to prevent salt and chemicals from irritating paws. They also provide deeply nourishing, soothing and moisturizing effects to help prevent drying and cracking. These ingredients are all lick safe too so you don’t have to worry about curious tongues.