Just looking up the simple statement, ‘How to protect your pets paws?’, shows how much thought (if too much) has been put into protecting a pet’s paws.

  • Can I put Vaseline on my dog’s paws?
  • How can I moisturize my dog’s paws?
  • How do I keep snow off my dog’s paws?
  • Can dog paws freeze in the snow?

Winter Wonderland photo shoot featuring, Dominick & Belle (yellow Labrador Retrievers).

Can I put Vaseline on my dog’s paws?

According to pedigree.com, Vaseline or cooking spray can be used in order to prevent the paws from drying out and cracking.

How can I moisturize my dog’s paws?

Regular lotions SHOULD NOT be used on dog paws. A lotion formulated for dog paws, or Shea butter can be used on elbows, noses, paws, and other patches that may be irritated from being dry.

How do I keep snow off my dog’s paws?

Balm, booties, and being aware of your pet’s paw state. Always check/wipe paws after pet has been outside due to the chance of salt or other objects that may cause trauma may, be wedged in the paws or fur between the toes.

Can dog paws freeze in the snow?

Dangerous conditions like freezing rain, slush, or ice can cause damage to a dog’s paws if not taken care of, or left out in weather.


According to Cesar Millian, a dog behaviorist with many years of experience says, “Winter can be brutal on our dog’s paw pads. Exposed to the elements and toxic chemicals, the paw pads are at risk for drying, cracking, trauma, frostbite and chemical burns.”

So, how can you actually protect a pet’s paws from the snow? It all varies on the animal, and whether they’re accustomed to the weather or not. Do you put the little booties on your cat, can you use balm on a donkey’s hooves, or just put de-icier on your pet and be done with it.

Well, if we talk about dogs. The easiest way to protect a dog’s paws is booties, a piece of fabric that then can be connected to it’s self to keep a strong, protective layer on your pet’s paws. If a dog refuses to wear the booties then you should always start with prepping the paw from the cold, an applied balm will become a protective barrier from the snow, and de-icier on the streets/sidewalks. Balm should not be kept on after the walk because of the de-icier and other salts still being on the foot, the dog’s paws should be wiped/washed off in order to keep pets’ from licking off the toxic materials that can later cause indigestion.


A Danvers high-school student, that has joined a CEO program to gain new connections, and become a good representative of leadership to her class, friends, and everyone she meets. She is a writer, research-fanatic, and lover of animals. Currently involved in volleyball, soccer, and almost every football game she can make it to. Having the opportunity to be in CEO, and create Leashed Animal Photography has shown Lexi the world of business in a new perspective.