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Q: What do you do with dogs feet in the snow..and how do you know if they are getting frostbite?

December 1, 2008 | By Linda F. | 13 answers | Expired: 1951 days ago

Linda F.

My dogs and I are new to snow. I have read on the internet, but wanted to get your opinion.
Booties or no booties.

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Ethel02
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Dec 01, 2008

Booties would be great if you could keep them on, my 2 greyhounds had them, I got the long ones because of their legs, made for greys, had a couple straps of Velcro, we rarely got home with all of the booties, they walked lifting their legs like dressage horses, no more booties, they go out back if snow is deep & when they can walk & just salt is around their feet are wiped when they come in, same is done with the Lab, but yes to a coat depending on the breed.

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Nikki B.
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Dec 01, 2008

If you can get your dog to wear and be able to walk in booties, then I say go for it. I tried unsuccessfully. The little might as well have been on roller skates for how he walked in them. The bigger one won't budge. You could try to drag him and he'd just tip over. He won't move one foot.

Another option is pad/paw wax. It comes in a little tin. You can get it at most pet supply stores. It's kind of like chapstick for dog paws. It creates a barrier to help keep their pads warm and soft, while also giving them a better grip on slippery surfaces.

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Cdawnosu
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Dec 01, 2008

My dog doesn't like the booties. If you can get them to wear them it's great, but overall just make sure you remove the big balls of snow/ice that can get caught in between the pads of their feet and be sure to wash their feet off when they come in if the dog has been walking on sidewalks / streets that have had salt/chemicals put on them.

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