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Winter Paws and DIY Dog Booties

Winter Paws and DIY Dog Booties

Crisp air and fresh snow can bring out the silly puppy in the most regal of Rovers. But ice and snow mixed with salt, sand, and chemical de-icers will ruin winter fun in short order. Dog boots (adorably referred to as “booties”) help protect a pooch’s paws from harsh winter weather, says Jim Sinning, DVM, a holistic veterinarian—and he ought to know, since he practices in snowy Minneapolis.

“Booties are great as long as they’re not too tight,” Sinning says. Most brands offer sizing charts to make sure you get a boot that will work whether you have a Bernese or a Bichon. We like Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boots made from recycled tire materials and nylon.

If your dog can’t abide booties, Musher’s Secret, made with a blend of organic waxes, will protect your dog’s dogs from cracking, drying, salt burns, and collecting those painful between-the-pads ice balls. For paws irritated by winter weather, Sinning suggests applying calendula salve or aloe vera gel to soothe and using vitamin E ointment as a moisturizer for pads and between the toes.

To make your own dog booties, see this awesome DIY for “cool and cheap little dog sneakers or boots from duct tape” from Instructables.com.

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By John Monahan, Natural Solutions magazine

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1:08AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Wonderful

10:51AM PST on Jan 27, 2011

Love this

4:55AM PST on Jan 18, 2011

Thanks for the info.

9:33PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Wonderful!

5:09PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Thanks for posting I had to have another look!

6:08AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Thanks.

3:58AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

thanks for posting :)

1:39PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

I wouldnever take my pug out because I would never be able to fight the pitbulls. ) :

9:57AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Thank you for info. I will definitely try making them for my "girls".

6:19AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Génial ... Merci pour l'info ...

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