4 "Paw"fect ways to Keep Your Furry Friend Happy
We're from Michigan, so pet care is especially important in the winter. Here are a few simple ways to keep your furry friend cared for and their pads and snout protected from the outside elements.
1. Paw Wax (Bee Buddies)
Sister Bees has created a perfect balm using beeswax, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and more. It's 100% all-natural and each tin is handcrafted with love. It's simple to use and gives them a protective layer from the cold. Apply a small amount to your pet's pads and snout before heading outside and massage the balm into their skin, just like you would your own moisturizer. Bee Buddies protects from both the snow and the chemicals that are used to melt the snow on the sidewalks and roads. Also, pay attention to the weather outside, especially in the below-freezing temperatures. You may need to have a little extra playtime in the house if the weather is extremely cold. You can also purchase Bee Buddies at our Ludington, Sister Bees Boutique.
2. Keep your Pet's Paws clean after each Walk
Take a minute after walking your furry friend to clean their paws. Keep a washcloth or towel next to the door and give them a nice rub down before coming in. If you want to keep things really simple, you can purchase dog pet wipes to do the job quickly. Our favorite is Doggy Do Good. We love that it's fragrance-free and made with natural extracts. When drying your pet off, take a good look, there are no cuts or objects stuck in their pads. Taking a minute to towel them off will not only keep your carpet clean, (yay to cleaner carpet!) but will also keep your pet healthy. Getting that salt and winter grime off is a WINNER for winter care.
3. Trim Pooch's Nails
Trimming your dog’s nails is important all year long, and I'm sure it's not everyone's favorite chore. However, nails can actually break when your pet is playing outside on the ice or snow, and this can cause injury. So, if it's not something you doing, head her to your local groomer or vet and get this job taken care of. If you do tackle this job on your own, check out our favorite nail trimmer! Rucacio Dog Nail Grinder Electric Nail Trimmer.
4. Use Non-toxic Ice Melt
Yes, you can't control what your city or neighbors use to melt the snow, but you can keep your sidewalk or driveway space chemical-free. Using a pet-safe ice melt will lower the risk of your pooch bringing those chemicals into the house and on their skin. It's just one more simple step you can take to keep things natural and safe for your family. One of our favorite organic snowmelt is Safe Paw Ice Melter.
Pooch News: We would love to hear what you do to protect your dog’s paws in winter. Comment below so we're all in the know!