This might be a silly question, but can a lab's feet withstand the cold and snow? Do they need boots?
If you are really concerned about snow & ice, there are paw protectors. I know alot of people hear swear by Musher's Secret (not sure if that is correct).
My pretty girl, Lexi!
There are a few JL mbrs who use "dog boots/shoes" for these conditons.
However, SOME Labs HATE them.
And some owners HATE them for putting and keeping them on.
We've never used any kind of dog boots.
We use "Musher's Secret", a wax/ointment applied to the paws of a dog before going out in snow/icey conditions.
Used it for 7 years.
We walk offleash on a nature preserve's trails at least 40 min./365 days/yr.
Works VERY well for us, regardless of temp/snow/ice conditions.
http://www.kvvet.com/KVVet/product_f...E9461E306DB1C9 often has the best price and the larger container is by far the best value.
Last edited by Bob Pr.; 10-21-2009 at 11:18 PM.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Totally agree with Musher's Secret. We spend a lot of time hiking/walking outside in the winter, and Bauer ended up with red/sore feet (between his toes and paw pads). I suspect it was from ice/snow build up. After we started using Musher's Secret, it didn't happen anymore. His feet were fine the rest of the winter.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
Thanks a lot! I didn't really like the whole boot thing, so I'll look into the ointment. He's only 5 months though, so I suspect that I'll be doing short outings for this year's winter.
What everyone has said to you.
The dog is young but will probably surprise you. Just watch him. As soon as you see him indicate he paws are cold, iced up, its time to quit. We had a smaller dog previously, and ofter carried him home.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
That.We use "Musher's Secret", a wax/ointment applied to the paws of a dog before going out in snow/icey conditions
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
It all depends on how long your walks are. We do a mile in the morning, and our dogs' feet are fine without boots and without ointment. But if you think you'll be out more in the snow or there is alot of salt where you'll be walking, I'd opt for the ointment.