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    Default Cure for ice balls in dog paws

    Is Musher's Secret what I want? Is this supposed to help keep snow and ice from sticking between their toes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    Is Musher's Secret what I want? Is this supposed to help keep snow and ice from sticking between their toes?
    That will work, I use Pad Heal and trim the hair in between the pads in winter. Been fighting those little buggers for 2 weeks now. Worse when temps are below 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golddogs View Post
    That will work, I use Pad Heal and trim the hair in between the pads in winter. Been fighting those little buggers for 2 weeks now. Worse when temps are below 10.
    Your comment about temp makes sense. I don't recall having a problem with it before, but we got a bunch of snow and temps below 10. Usually it is not this cold.
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    Mushers up here use boots. Even the Pro guys that run the Ididrod Race so I am guessing that is the best way to go. I hear some folks keep the hair trimmed on the bottoms of the feet. Might try a company called Howling Dog, Alaska for boots.
    I don't do nuttin. I will call in a dog if I see it limping and pick out the ice. They do learn to ask for help but mostly they learn to handle it themselves.
    Abeit: all snow is not created equal so your conditions my be more of a problem but here it's not a big deal for me when we are hunting. Don

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    Thanks. I just took her to the park for some exercise this morning. She went chasing the bumper on three legs, so I picked some snow out of one paw, threw the bumper again, and she chased after it on a different three legs. Her pads are in good shape, I don't know for sure what was bothering her today but may as will give the Mushers type stuff a try.
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    I may have to go to boots for the first time this year. At least with the Chessie. We have had to melt ice and cut snowballs from his feet the past two mornings just for going on a short walk. Probably if I order boots for him, they will arrive just in time to stop the arctic weather. Hmmmm . . .think I'll order today.
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    Cut the hair between the paws. Their paws are not the problem....It's the hair. Hunting in the fields in crusted snow is the culprit. Usually not a problem in powder snow, because of the temps. Dog licks their paws to defrost it.
    Boots are not an option in wheat stubble or corn short stalks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJGatley View Post
    Cut the hair between the paws. Their paws are not the problem....It's the hair. Hunting in the fields in crusted snow is the culprit. Usually not a problem in powder snow, because of the temps. Dog licks their paws to defrost it.
    Boots are not an option in wheat stubble or corn short stalks.
    Dogbooties.com with the 1000 denier boots arent an option? Why not?

    https://www.dogbooties.com/shop/1000...dura®-booties/
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    Quote Originally Posted by 150class View Post
    Dogbooties.com with the 1000 denier boots arent an option? Why not?

    https://www.dogbooties.com/shop/1000...dura®-booties/
    I would put those on when I am grouse hunting. It would help prevent lacerations to the pad from sharp objects like rocks or splinter rocks. Main purpose is to protect the pads in that case.

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