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Dog Paws And Snow
« on: December 11, 2015, 09:58:34 PM »
Those of you that live in snow areas... do you take any precautions with your dog's paws?  Is there a time limit how long you allow your dog to walk in snow?  Dog shoes? 
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Re: Dog Paws And Snow
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2015, 10:06:19 PM »
I use Musher's secret on them. They've got boots, but both of them seem to slip in them no matter what because we don't have level ground. Dannyboy and Sharkly always wore them though, but we lived in town. MY limit outside in that is 30 minutes. I'm frozen by then whether they are or not.

Main precaution is to keep them away from streets that have salt or brine on them. THAT can tear their feet up faster than anything. If they get in any of it, wash their feet immediately when you get indoors again. There isn't really isn't any kind of de-icer that's paw safe. Even on the ones that say they're safe, if you start reading fine print, it says keep it off your skin. Why?

Also, keep the hair between their foot-pads cut as closely as possible. It can get frozen together and special care has to be taken to thaw it when coming indoors. Just keep a blow-dryer close for when you get in, and blow until their feet are dry again.
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Re: Dog Paws And Snow
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2015, 10:21:53 PM »
I know their pads burn on hot asphalt, so I was curious if their pads (or any part of them) freeze in snow.  I know someone that takes her dog on long hikes in the mountains.  Sometimes there is deep snow. 
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Re: Dog Paws And Snow
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2015, 10:47:35 PM »
If I were going out for longer than 45 minutes, they'd have boots on. If you look now, most mushers use boots on their sled dogs b/c of the tendency of sled-dogs to get split, cut, and bloody feet.
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Re: Dog Paws And Snow
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2015, 11:51:09 AM »
Thanks for the time span info.  I'll pass it along. 
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