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Happy feet: how to protect your pet's paws during winter

Tuesday, 22nd January 2013

Many people don't realise the discomfort caused to animals by frost on the ground and grit on the roads, which can play havoc on some pets' paws.

Canadian dog expert Koryn Greenspan says it's a good idea to apply a protective balm to animals' paws before taking them out for walks in order to prevent salt from getting caught between their toes, according to the Times Colonist.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has also suggested trimming the hair between pet's toes during the wintry weather as this can often trap grit and salt.

All animal owners should bear in mind that pets who spend a lot of time outside are likely to lose a lot of body heat in the current weather, which is why it is essential to keep them well fed with high quality dog food that provides them with sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats.