|Barked: Fri Dec 31, '10 7:42pm PST |
|It's not particular to size but just generally to dogs. If your pup is going in your back yard or front where you use dog safe salt or melters then it's fine. My pup generally won't complain as long as he's running around and staying relatively warm and I am talking about a dog who freezes with three layers of sweaters on unless, like I say, he's actively running or playing at the park, even walks have to be brief on the single digit days.
Chances are, that if you are going for a walk someone is putting out road-salt so I don't risk it. Rocky had blisters and burns on his front paws about a week ago. It was painful and not so fun to see. We were indoor for a couple of days and I had to wash them with hydrogen peroxide, put antibiotic cream and gauze up every morning. I would take the gauze off over night to let it breath and so he would lick it to promote healing. I also had to carry him outside and back in to do his business, put him down, he would do his business and off inside we went again, he barely got up to do anything the first two days.. Not fun. We now have muttluk booties as you can see from our picture.They stay on even deep int eh snow as long as they are properly fastened. I won't risk it. I use excel paw wax sometimes for very short outside non pavement trips and either way I rinse his paws with warm water and dry when we get inside because even the booties aren't fully water proof after spending a long time in the snow and walking through puddles.
It's a lot of work and sometimes a pain in the **s for me and him but it has to be done.
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