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care for your dog's paws in the summer

If you're a dog owner, then you know that your furry friend loves spending time outdoors - particularly in the summertime. Going hiking in the woods, splashing at the lake, or just having some playtime in your backyard. But while it's always important to make sure your pet is well-hydrated and has plenty of shade and fresh air when they're out in the heat, it's also crucial to protect your dog’s paws from getting burned or irritated from hot surfaces. Remember if the asphalt is hot enough to cook an egg in the summer, it can leave nasty burns on your dog's paws. Especially if you have a puppy with tender paws. In this post, we'll take a look at some of the best paw protection products for dogs and discuss how dog owners can use them.


Why do I need to Protect my Dog's Paws?

Your dog's paw pads are sensitive and can be easily damaged by hot surfaces from the summer heat, which is why it's important to use paw protection when walking on pavement or other hot surfaces. Additionally, dogs sweat through their paws, which means they are more susceptible to paw problems in the summertime. Did you know that feeding your dog salmon oil mixed in with their food can help reduce dry skin as well as in their paw pads? It's rich in Vitamin E and omega fatty acids.


What are the best Paw Protection Products for Dogs?

While staying on the grass or walking during the cooler parts of the day are obvious ways to help protect your pup's paws, it's not always as easy as that. But, there are several different products on the market that can help to protect your dog's paws in the summertime and we have them listed below.

Dog Booties: Booties can be the best way to protect your dog’s feet from hot surfaces. They should fit snugly and be made from a breathable material to prevent overheating. Not only will it protect them from hot asphalt but also help protect their bare feet from rough terrain and stickers. It will also protect your pet's paws in the winter months from road salt, freezing snow, and cold water. A good pair of waterproof dogs boots are a must. If you are headed to the lake this Summer you might also see dogs sporting their summer dog shoes as well. Many pet owners say that dog boots help protect pool floats from their dog's nails as well as protect their pet’s paws from sharp rocks in rivers and lakes.

So what are the best dog boots to purchase? Well, it depends on your pet's individual needs. If they have large or wide paws, you'll want to look for a boot that has a wide opening and is adjustable, and has a good rubber sole. For smaller dogs, there might be fewer options but you can still find some great choices. Just remember that there may be an adjustment period for your dog to get used to wearing them. Qumy dog boots are a great option for pet owners. They come in different sizes and are easy to put on and take off. These dog shoes expand with a wide split seam opening and two adjustable and reflective velcro straps to ensure a tight fit, it also makes your dog safe at night. The Tough anti-slip sole of these dog boots provides stability and traction, as well as protection from sharp thorns and hot pavement.

Ruffwear dog boots are another great choice. They have three different options to ensure you get the right dog boots for your pet. Their grip trex is their standard dog boot that has a breathable mesh that keeps air flowing but also keeps dirt and debris out. Some dogs have wider front paws than they do back paws so they offer their boot sets in two so that you can get the right fit for your dog.

Paw Wax: This is a type of beeswax that can be applied to your dog’s paw pads before they go outside. It will create a barrier between their skin and the hot pavement, preventing burns or irritation. Many dog owners use this when they can't get their dogs to wear dog booties. You can go with a more natural option that is made from food-safe wax like Musher's Secret. That way it won't harm your dog if they start to lick their feet.


Tips for Repairing Dry and Cracked Paw Beds.

If your dog's paw becomes dry and cracked, it is important to take care of it as soon as possible. This will help prevent further damage and pain for your pet. Here are some tips on how to best care for dry and cracked paws.

If your dog's feet are dry and cracked. Clean the area with warm water. Apply a dog paw balm or cream to your pup’s paws. It's important to check the ingredients because your dog could lick their paws. Next, wrap the paw in a bandage, being sure not to wrap too tightly. If you don't have a good paw balm on hand try some organic extra virgin (unrefined) coconut oil. It's a great moisturizer and has a lot of health benefits. Plus it's an all-natural solution for your pet. Try applying it to your dog's pads at night when they are sleeping so they won't want to lick it as much. You can also use raw organic shea butter or vitamin E oil. Moisturizing your dog's paw daily can help keep them from getting dry and cracked just as a human would moisturize their hands and feet.

Summertime is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend. But before you head out on those long walks or hikes, make sure you have the proper paw protection for your dog. These tips should help keep your pup safe and healthy all season long.

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He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.