Tips on Winter Paw Pain, From Mindy's Pet'Tique in Penn Valley

Pet owners complaints of salt irritating pets paws

Many pet owners have been speaking out about the salt on our roads and side walks, as it seems to be bothering their pets during walks. There are many products that are designed for exactly this problem. Everything from pet booties, to ointments and balms. As the salt can be a source of pain and irritation for your pets, especially for those pets who are already sensitive or have full blown allergies. It's best to check and see what your vet suggests as they will already be familiar with your pets particular issues. However, if you find yourself in a situation, where your pet is having trouble with this, and you can't get to the vet, a quick fix is to use a product that is commonly found in many households, Vaseline. Vaseline applied in a very thin coat, acts as a barrier from the salt. Once you return from a walk, using a wash cloth with warm water, you would wash off the salt and Vaseline . Each walk out you'd repeat this process . It is actually a great habit to get into, washing your pets feet, following a walk.


There are many airborne allergens, that can cause your pets problems with irritations or allergies as they can settle on the ground, sidewalks , streets, and yards.Some people even go to the trouble of buying only hypoallergenic dogs, when their families have allergy problems. However, once you take that non-allergic dog and place him or her into a yard, they become an allergic dog, bringing allergens into your home and having possibly then having allergy issues, of their own. It takes just a few minutes, following a walk, I suggest brushing out your dogs coat, as airborne allergens can fall onto the coat as well. By doing so, you will help to lift off much of what has gotten on the coat. Once inside, take a warm wash cloth and wipe of the salt, allergens and remaining Vaseline residue off of each bad and even between each pad. If you walk your dog through parks where they might encounter burrs, take a metal comb and give their coat a once through. It takes a few minutes, but it's a good way for your pets and you to stay healthier, and happier. There are many products such as booties that can also be helpful. However, as there are many dogs that will do just fine with the booties, there are many who do not. It's an added expense and something as simple as Vaseline can help and will save you a few extra dollars. As Vaseline does NOT absorb quickly and may sit on the surface of your dogs pads, it's best to apply a very thin coat, this way your pet won't track the Vaseline, through your home, and if he or she encounters a smooth surface, won't slip. I am an owner of three dogs and a cat, and as I see many pets on a regular basis, who come into my pet boutique, salon and spa (Mindy's Pet' Tique LLC, 733C Montgomery Avenue, Narberth, PA. 19072  610-505-1076), I find sometimes it's better to go back to the basics and keep things simple. Whenever in doubt always contact your vet for their recommendations.

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