One of the most overlooked parts of winter dog care is your dog’s paws. The padding on a dog’s paws can get very damaged and this is especially so during the winter months. Proper paw care can help avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Short haired dogs usually need doggie booties and even some long haired breeds could benefit from them. Purchasing a set of properly fitting booties that offer protection against the cold pavement and that are water resistant are crucial to protecting your dog’s paws during the winter months. I highly recommend brands such as Muttluks or Ruffwear for doggy booties. If your dog has long and/or thick fur, then they may not need booties to protect them from freezing temperatures. However, road salt takes a toll on our dogs’ paws. A great product that offers some protection is Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protector Wax. Musher’s wax allows your dog’s paws to breath while helping to protect them from moisture and road salt. Even if your dog wears booties or you use a wax for protection, you should always properly clean and dry your dog’s paws when they come in from a walk. Now if you really want to pamper your pet, you may want to use a paw conditioner to help soothe and heal your pet’s pads. A conditioner that works really well and that may be used all year round is Tender Paw for Dogs.
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- Your dog should have regular dental exams and cleanings by your Vet.
- If you have a puppy, include brushing in his/her training. However, dogs in their teens and even some senior dogs may be agreeable to having their teeth brushed.
- Brush slowly and gently. Each day start by putting a little toothpaste on their toothbrush and let your dog lick it off. Then try touching the toothbrush to your dog’s teeth. Brush for a few seconds. Take a few weeks to introduce your dog to this new habit. When your dog is ready for a real brushing, lift their lips to expose the teeth and gums and brush from the gum line to the tip of the tooth. Try to avoid opening your dog’s mouth because it can make them nervous and resistant. Dental problems are often found in the back, upper and lower teeth so be sure to brush the outside of the big teeth in the back of your dog’s mouth.
- It is important to use toothpaste that is made for dogs. Toothpastes made for humans contain various fluorides and detergents that are meant to be spit out as we brush. Since your dog will swallow the toothpaste, they make special pet toothpaste to allow for this. Pet toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors, including chicken, beef, peanut and vanilla-mint.
- Buy a toothbrush that is meant for dogs. The heads are smaller and the bristles are usually much softer than the kind sold for humans. A finger brush that slips over your finger like a thimble may also be used.
- Dental ropes and various chew toys are great to help your dog’s teeth stay clean.
- Finally, before and after brushing, praise, pet and play with your dog. Always use positive reinforcement.
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