Knollwood Hospital for Pets
Winter Safety for Your Pet: Pet Boots?
We suggest that you DO think about pet boots as part of your pet’s winter gear. It doesn’t take long for snow to freeze on paws and cause problems - we’ve already seen far too many cases of frostbitten feet this winter! And salt-spread sidewalks can also imperil your pooch's pads by burning them.
If you go the route of protective booties for your pet, you can start by slipping baby socks onto the paws to get your pooch used to the “feel” of something on her feet. Once the socks and accepted, your pup is probably ready for booty bling. Boots should fit snugly but not too tight - you should be able to slide your pinkie under the boot cuff.
Remember that pet boots, cute coats, and flashy collars are all meant to be used with healthy, adult pets in winter. Puppies and kittens, as well as older dogs and cats, shouldn't be outside VERY LONG AT ALL, no matter how well-dressed. That's because they just don't have the fat, metabolism, or the full fur coat they need to stay warm when temperatures plunge. When it's cold or wet out, we say it's vital to keep younger, older, and sick pets indoors as much as possible.