Winter Paw Protection

  • Dog boots prevent injuries.
    • Dog boots such as the Polar Trex™, Grip Trex™ or Summit Trex™ can prevent a variety of injuries from the surfaces we walk and run on, in the wilderness or in urban environments. Generally, dogs' paws become conditioned to run on familiar surfaces after a few weeks, but new terrain and changing environmental conditions can cause stone bruising, cuts and blistered pads. Granular or frozen snow, on the other hand, is equivalent to course sandpaper and is extremely abrasive on pads.
  • Pavement can be just as hard on dog feet.
    • Pavement comes in thousands of textures and can be extremely abrasive; freezing in winter and often riddled with glass and sharp metal debris, and laced with solvents and de-icing chemicals.
  • Be cautious of snow-balling.
    • Snow-balling is a condition that occurs when snow mats in dog fur, often around the legs, belly and in between the toes. It can be extremely uncomfortable and heavy for dogs, causing them to chew at the frozen snow, pulling out fur and in some cases chunks of their pads. Snow-balling can be minimized by arming your dog in an overcoat and dog boots such as the Ruff Wear Cloud Chaser™ jacket and Ruff Wear Polar Trex™ dog boots.
  • Protect against man-made hazards.
    • As more people take their dogs snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on groomed or hard-packed trails, it is especially important to protect dogs' paws. Razor sharp ski and snowboard edges are particularly dangerous and can severely cut the paws, pads, and ankles of frolicking dogs that venture too close.