Are dogs feet okay in snow? What to Know

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Moisturize dog paws

Many of us need a little extra moisture in winter, and we use creams, lotions and moisturizers to keep our skin soft and healthy. Our furry friends can benefit from this too! Use a store-bought dog paw balm, such as Vitamin E cream1, or a homemade recipe like the one below to protect your dog’s paws in snow.


  • 80 ml olive oil
  • 30 g organic shea butter
  • 15 g beeswax
  • 20 g pine resin (collected or ordered online)
  • 3 tsp marigold (don’t have any? ask your neighbor if they have some in their garden)
  • 1 small jam glass to store the cream
  • Instructions:

  • Put all the ingredients together in the glass.
  • To melt and combine the ingredients, put the glass inside a bowl of hot water for approximately 30 minutes (being careful not to get any water into your mixture).
  • When you notice the cream starting to get a medium consistency (not too thick and not too runny), take it out, put it in another glass and leave it to cool down.
  • This recipe makes 150 grams of homemade dog paw balm. All these ingredients are very powerful when used together; some have anti-inflammatory properties, while others have a calming effect on the skin.

    The balm can be applied anytime; after a bath, after exposure to cold air, or just before you put on your dog’s shoes. Your pup will love being pampered after receiving their dog paw moisturizing treatment!

    Are dogs feet okay in snow?

    7 ways to protect dog paws in snow and winter

    The salt used to melt ice on roads and sidewalks is not kind to dog’s paws, and nice winter walks can become downright dangerous if your dog starts licking chemicals from ice-melting agents.

    In any case, you can keep your dog more paw-sitive by regularly following this simple 4-step paw care routine.

    How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws From the Snow, Salt and Ice During the Winter

    Dogs of all sizes enjoy a romp in the snow, or at least enjoy sniffing and exploring it.

    Spending too long out in the winter elements can take a toll on a dog’s paws, though, so it’s important to know what to look out for when walking or playing in colder conditions. This quick guide breaks down those elements and how they can negatively impact your four-legged friends.