Winter Wounds: How to Keep Your Pet’s Paws Protected
Winter weather is here and no matter where you live, your four-legged friend has to deal with it. Whether it is Northeastern snow, Southern rain, the Midwest’s freezing temperatures or the dry, cold weather of the Southwest, protecting your pet’s sensitive paws in the winter is important regardless of your geographical location.
Common Winter Paw Hazards
Being outside in winter weather requires some extra paw care, since there are potential hazards that might not be apparent at first glance.
- Dryness, chapping, and cracking: Just like our own hands, our pets’ paw pads can get irritated and cracked by dry, cold air. Pads can become painful, which causes pets to lick, which can then lead to sores or infection. Add ice or snow to the mix, and you’ve got even more risk, since salt and other deicing chemicals used on snowy roads, sidewalks and door entries can also cause paw irritation or chemical burns.
- Puncture wounds or cuts: Outdoor exercise is important for pets, but if there’s frost, ice, or snow covering the ground, it can also pose a hazard if your pet steps on something sharp and unseen. Sticks, glass, ice, and stones can cause cuts and tears, so always check your pet’s paws for any wounds immediately upon coming inside from any activity.
- Rain: We know, it doesn’t sound all that bad, but wet weather of any temperature can be troublesome for furry friends. Puddles can contain parasites, bacteria, or toxins, which pets can ingest when the lick their paws after coming inside. Too much moisture on paws can lead to yeast or bacterial infections, so dry paws thoroughly.
- Frostbite: If it’s too cold for you, it’s likely too cold for your pet to be outside. It doesn’t take long for pets – even alpine breeds like Malamutes and Huskies – to suffer from frostbite on their paws, not to mention ears, tails, and noses. Even in dry conditions, exposure to freezing temperatures without protection can lead to frostbite in about 30 minutes.
Keeping Your Pet’s Paws Protected
If your pet does end up with an injured or irritated paw pad, Curicyn can help.
- For minor cuts, scratches, or irritation, spray our soothing Curicyn Original Formula Wound and Skin Care directly onto the injury. It is safe, non-toxic, easy to apply, and helps reduce inflammation while promoting rapid healing. Most importantly, your pet will enjoy immediate relief from discomfort, and it doesn’t burn or sting when applied. In addition, Curicyn Original Formula will address any bacteria at its source.
- Curicyn Wound Care Clay has two uses in winter: as a healing agent and as a protective balm. Before going outside, spread a small amount onto each paw to provide a layer of protection from the elements. If your pet’s paw is injured, you can pack the thick product directly in between toes and on paw pads. Created using our Original Formula and bentonite clay, it’s the perfect consistency for hard to bandage or delicate areas such as paw pads since the thick formula won’t drip or slide off. Wound Care Clay also draws out toxins and provides soothing relief to hard-to-bandage wounds.
- For larger cuts or injuries to paw pads, keep a complete pet first aid kit on hand. Our Curicyn Pet First Aid Kit contains 35 essential first aid materials, including Curicyn Original Formula (great for use as a wound cleaner, skin cleaner, and wash), Curicyn Wound Care Clay, Curicyn Eye Care Solution, and a variety of important bandaging and wound care materials. Providing basic first aid can help make your pet more comfortable and may reduce the need for veterinary care.*
Other tips in wintry weather to keep paws protected:
- Avoid deicing agents and salt products by steering clear of any slushy or salty areas on your walks.
- Keep your pet’s paws well-groomed by trimming toenails and toe fur regularly.
- Keep walks short during cold and inclement weather, and be prepared with the Curicyn products.
- Wash your pet’s paws in lukewarm water after walks and dry them thoroughly.
During the wintertime, your pet’s paws are more susceptible to injury. Following these pet paw care tips and stocking up on Curicyn products can keep your pet free from injury so you can enjoy the season together.
*Always contact your veterinarian if your pet’s wound warrants professional medical care.