Since the groundhog saw its shadow this year, and colder weather is still upon us, it's important to make sure your dog is comfortable and safe. This is especially true for wrinkly dogs like English Bulldogs, Pugs, and French Bulldogs, whose wrinkles can hold moisture that can lead to problems with their paws and skin when the temperature drops. Here are some tips on how to keep your pup's paws warm and other care advice for keeping them healthy during the cold winter months.
Do My Dog's Paws Get Cold?
It's totally normal for your pup's paws to get cold, just like our hands and feet do. Since their paws are in contact with the ground, they can easily become chilled when temperatures plunge. If your pup is constantly putting its paws in snow or icy puddles, it can even lead to frostbite on the pads of their feet.
How Can I Protect My Dog's Paws From Cold Weather?
There are several ways you can protect your dog’s paws from the cold weather. One of the most important things you can do for your wrinkly pup is to keep their feet dry. Consider using waterproof booties on their feet before going outside in wet or icy conditions. This will keep their paws warm and dry, but also prevent them from licking away chemicals used to melt the snow and ice.
If those aren't an option, simply wiping off their paws after each walk is a good way to prevent moisture from getting trapped in their wrinkles. You can also look into using a balm specifically designed to keep their paw pads moisturized, which will help protect them from the cold. Lastly, make sure to trim your pup’s nails regularly so they don't get stuck in the snow or frozen patches of ground.
What Other Care Should I Give My Dog During The Winter?
In addition to keeping their paws warm, there are other important care tips for wrinkly dogs during the winter months. Since these breeds have sensitive skin, it's important to be extra vigilant about grooming and checking for any signs of dryness or irritation. Regular bathing helps prevent bacterial growth, as well as cleaning up any dirt and debris that might become lodged in their wrinkles.
Continue the dog care routine by using Squishface Wrinkle Wipes to wipe their wrinkles, paws and toes. Check their feet for any cuts or abrasions. Wrinkle Wipes are great to help remove any dirt or debris that they may have picked up while playing outside. Follow with Squishface Wrinkle Paste to keep the skin fresh and protected!
You should also make sure they're getting enough moisture and nutrition during the winter months, as their skin can become dry without proper hydration and nutrients.
It's also important to watch out for cold-related issues like frostbite and hypothermia. If you notice any signs of these conditions such as pale or grey skin, shallow breathing, lethargy, shivering, or loss of coordination, seek veterinary help immediately.
The Bottom Line
Keeping your pup safe and comfortable during the cold winter months is important. By keeping their paws dry and warm, monitoring them for signs of cold-related illness, and investing in the right materials like waterproof booties or wool socks, you can help ensure your pup has a safe and comfortable winter.