Winter Skin Care and Paw Care for your Pekingese


Winter is tough for us humans, how much more for your beloved pekingese, right? Winter skin care is essential for him as it is for you since he may develop pad injuries.

One of the major threats to his healthy paw pads during the winter is the salt that is used to melt all that ice outside. And extended exposure with these may cause burns on his paw pads. That is why when you decide to take your dog on a walk in this season, get him off the pavement and let him walk on the snow or grass.

Furthermore, indigestion can also be caused by the de-icers. Dogs in general have the tendency to lick their paws thus ingesting the salts. It is ideal that you let him wear his boots when going out or you keep a basin of warm water and towel near the door so that you two can wash off your feet and his paws upon arriving home.

Another cause of sore paws are all the ice that are left in between hi toes. To prevent ice from gathering much on his paws, trim his toe hairs short during the winter season.

If dogs are also left behind in the col for long periods would cause frostbite on his paws, tail, ears and other parts of the body as well as hypotehrmia. During this time of the year, it is not advisable to leave your dog outside for a long time. And if you think that your dog has already developed frostbite or has hypothermia, bring him to the bet immediately!

Winter Skin Care and Paw Care for your Pekingese

Winter Skin Care

When it comes to protecting your dog’s pads, the best scenario would be for your dog to wear boots when going out in snow and ice. The problem is that most dogs are not comfortable wearing them. Special boots made of neoprene can protect your dog’s paws outside. I recently wrote an article on this very subject of protecting your dog’s feet when going outside in frigid weather. Before taking your dog outside, massage some petroleum jelly onto each of your dog’s pads to protect them. The best you can do is to limit the amount of time your dog is outside, and give the feet and pads special attention when your dog comes back in. Be sure to check the pads for any injuries and embedded ice and snow. Wipe the paws with a soft towel or you can use a small bucket with warm water to rinse the paws from excess snow and salt. If you have a furry dog, try to keep the pads trimmed, since more fur on the pads will attract more snow and salt which can hurt your dog.

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Winter Skin and Paw Care Suggestions:

  • Keep his hair short to prevent ice from clinging unto his body which may cause dry skin. And do not forget the hair in between his toes.
  • Allow him to wear sweater/coat that would help him retain his body heat as well as prevent his skin from getting dry.
  • If you frequently walk him out in the cold and then coming home in a warm home can cause an itchy, flaky skin. It is ideal that you keep your home humidified and towel dry him as you guys come home and pay extra attention to his toes and feet.
  • Do not give him a bath frequently during the winter season. Washing too much will remove the essential oils from his skin which may cause dryness. If you must bathe him, ask your vet first so that he could recommend you a moisturizing shampoo.
  • Give him booties to wear during walks outside. It could minimize his contact with salt, anti-freeze and other chemicals used.
  • Give him a good dose of petroleum jelly massage on his paws. This would give him a good moisturizing effect as well as help heal his chapped paws.
  • Brush him regularly to get rid of his dead hair, stimulates better blood circulation ad improve his skin condition.

Basically, it all boils down to common sense when it comes to winter skin care for your pekingese. If you yourself is cold during the season then think about your pet. Do not let them feel cold nor leave them outside or in the car. Give them blankets and pillows to snuggle upon to keep them warm. Give them a spot near the fireplace too if you have one. It is not that difficult to take care of a dog during the season. Just think what you would want if you were him. That thought would be able to guide you in taking care of him.

How did you survive winter with your pekingese? How did you spend time together indoors? Share with us your story.



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