|Barked: Sun Oct 11, '09 8:59pm PST |
|at the kennel where I got Ginger from, when the sled dogs' paws got sore from running on icy snow (the worst kind is when it partially melts and then re-freezes) they would rub them with vaseline and then put booties on to protect it. I think vaseline works as well as more expensive moisturizers because it seals in natural moisture (sweat and oils) from the feet, plus it's safe if the dog licks it off. A lot of mushers think dogs with pink pads get sore feet quicker than dogs with black pads, I don't know really.
Dogsled trails are usually littered with booties that the dogs loose, especially after a race and lots of teams have gone through. The pros probably go through hundreds of booties per season!
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