Why is it so impaw-tant to take care of my pets paws?
Believe it or not, this question gets asked more than you might think.
Last week, I focused on reasons why you should trim your dogs nails.
But that isn't all it takes to maintain their paws.
Let's talk about some of the ways to keep your pets paws in tip top shape.
Throughout the summer, I will admit, I do not go crazy over the maintenance of my husky's paws.
(Aside from the regular nail trimming)
However, when the weather starts to get cold, and the snow and ice is coming, it is time to get vigilant.
In last Thursday's post, I touched on just how painful it can be for our dogs to be forced to walk on long nails, and then when they crack, that can get really painful, but what about the fur on the bottom of their feet?
Some dogs feet are REALLY hairy!
Such as . . . my huskies!
This isn't generally a big deal, unless the fur in between their pads is incredibly thick, then of course it is most likely uncomfortable for them to walk on.
The thing is, when there is snow on the ground, and your dog goes outside, the snow can ball up in that fur.
Which in turn can really hurt their feet when walking, not to mention the fact that if they are outside for a period of time, the balls of snow on their pads can begin to turn to ice.
As you can see in my before and after pics, I am preparing for winter, and have trimmed the fur on the pads of my dogs feet.
But I thought you weren't suppose to cut a husky's fur?
Your not. Shaving a husky is a big no no, however the fur on their feet is different.
The fur on the bottom of their feet does not keep them warm in the winter, or cool in the summer as their thick double coats do on their body. Plus, the reason we trim this part of their fur is to prevent pain in our pets, so it is well worth it.
What do I use to trim the fur on their feet?
napping shears. They are flat at the tip of them, making it easy to lay the scissor against the paw without nipping the pad itself.
Aside from trimming the fur, paw pads can get dry and begin to crack during the cold winter months.
Using a product such as K9 Kelp balm on their pads can prevent dryness from occurring.
If your not familiar with K9 Kelp, I encourage you to check out my review I did on their products a while back.
A combination of nail trimming, paw balms, and keeping the fur trimmed on the bottom of their feet will have your pups ready to play in the snow this winter!
That's all for today, thanks for coming by, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the Pet Parade, as well as Flashback Friday's!
This post is brought to you by our Thoughtless Thursday blog hop.
Hosted by Ruckus the Eskie, co hosted by Barking from the Bayou and me from
Love us being owned by a husky!
Our featured item OTW is a handmade rope toy made by DBDT, sold at our own shop, Pawz N' Clawz!
Great Christmas gift idea for your dogs!!