Those Precious Pads: Winter Paw Care 101

Winter paw protection is part of winter pet safety

Your pet’s paws are adorable, yet it’s easy to imagine they’re also tough-as-nails. After all, your pet uses them every day to walk, run, and play in all types of weather, and they don’t seem to be affected at all…right?

As it turns out, paw pads aren’t as indestructible as they might seem. Winter weather is particularly harsh and can wreak havoc on your pet’s paw pads. Fortunately, you can avoid dryness, cracking, bleeding, and injuries from toxic winter chemicals with proper winter paw care.

Winter Paw Care

A solid winter paw care plan begins with grooming. The hair around the paws should be trimmed regularly to prevent the accumulation of ice and snow in between the toes. Nails should also be kept short, as longer nails can force the paws to splay out, leading to problems with gait and increasing the opportunity for snow and ice balls to settle around the pads.

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Why a Mix Can Be Better: Adopting a Mutt

Adopting a mutt can be an absolute joy!

Affectionately termed a mutt, a mongrel, or a Heinz-57 (because they have a little of everything), a dog of mixed breed is definitely not a lesser kind of dog. A mutt can be just as smart, loving, and beautiful as a purebred dog. And what’s more, he’s got a unique look all his own.

Still, some people believe that a purebred dog has a certain allure that no mutt can ever compare with. Let’s see if we can challenge that assumption with our best reasons why adopting a mutt is a great idea.

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Scaredy-Dog: Common Dog Fears

Dog fears can manifest in aggressive dog behavior

Dogs and humans go back a long way. Our ancient ancestors first met over 14,000 years ago, and since then, we’ve enjoyed a (mostly) happy coexistence. In fact, our history is so tightly linked, it can feel as though our dogs truly understand us, and we understand them.

However, some dogs display truly strange quirks, such as being frightened by harmless objects, sounds, people, or places. Dog fears can range from merely being startled by a foreign object to having a full blown panic attack at the first sound of thunder. Keep reading to learn more about dog fears and what you can do to help manage them.

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