Two dogs walking outdoors during the winter

Walking your dog in cold winter weather

Team Walmart Pets

May 27, 2021


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Wintertime isn’t just tough on us; it’s also tough on our pets. For dogs that go outside in the cold, protecting their paws from the elements is a must. Not only can they pick up potentially damaging products like rock salt and ice-melting chemicals, but the snow and ice can also affect their paws.

Winter weather tips for pets

These simple tricks can help your dog stay warm on walks:

  • Keep hair between the paw pads short. Ice and snow can freeze on longer hair, making their paws cold and sore.
  • Buy “pet-friendly” de-icing chemicals for your steps and walkways. Spread sand or gravel as neither will harm your pet and they’re both better for the environment.
  • Dress your dog in protective gear. For instance, these boots and socks for dogs can really help against winter damage. However, some dogs, no matter how hard we try, won’t keep their boots on! For these pups, you can use a product like Musher’s Secret to help protect their feet. 
  • Clean your pet’s paws with a washcloth when they come inside, regardless of what products you use. Not only will this remove any winter chemicals and prevent the buildup of dirt and debris, keeping your eyes on their paws lets you catch any problems early.


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