Protect Your Dog’s Feet

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is an understatement in most regions in the country right now. While we are busy keeping our beloved pets bundled up for their very quick romp in these frigid temperatures, we sometimes forget about protecting their feet. For my dogs, little booties are not an option as they would not even take a single step while wearing them. I use Espree’s Paw Balm as my “go to” to help protect their feet in the cold temperatures. It also protects their feet from the salt, sand, and harsh chemicals that are put on the roads to help melt ice and snow.

Espree’s Paw Balm forms a dense barrier between the pad of the foot and the extreme conditions outside. It provides the protection needed for a quick romp outside during harsh weather. It conditions the pad of the foot while offering undeniable protection from the outside elements. Before your pet goes outside apply Espree’s Paw Balm, let it absorb into the pad of the foot for a minute or two, and you and your pet are good to go. For application purposes, I keep an old rug by the door and have them stand on it while I quickly apply the Paw Balm. Even when the weather is mild, Paw Balm is good to use on your pet’s pads one to two times each week to help lock in hydration and condition the pads. Paw Balm is a safe, non- toxic, and easy way to protect your dog’s paws.

Winterize Your Pet!

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education Espree Animal Products

Cooler temperatures are here and the Holidays are right around the corner.  In most areas, the weather is going to continue to get colder and colder.  Here are 3 things you can do to help winterize your pet when it comes to grooming maintenance:

#1 Keep your pet mat and tangle free.  We always like to keep our pet’s hair longer this time of year to help keep them warmer.  It is important to keep them mat and tangle free whether you do it yourself or you take them to your groomer for bath and brush outs.  When your dog gets matted and mats are close to their skin, your dog has a harder time regulating their body temperature.  In addition to making it more difficult for them to stay warm. Moisture can get trapped in the matting and cause major skin issues.

#2 Deep conditioning Treatments will help keep the skin and coat in good condition. When the heat comes on in the house, the skin and coat tend to dry out.  The coat becomes brittle and the skin gets flakey. Then sometimes we even add a sweater, which keeps their skin from being able to breathe.  Keeping your pet on a regular schedule for baths and routine brush outs with deep conditioning treatments will help keep your pet in tip top condition.

#3 Don’t forget to protect the pads of their feet.  The sand and salt trucks are seen regularly during the winter months.  And the ground is freezing cold.  After all, we break out our heavies socks and boots to help protect out feet.  Espree’s Paw Balm is a great way to provide natural protection for your pets feet when going outside.  Not only does it help lock in moisture, it also provides a breathable, dense, and protective barrier between the pad of the foot and the cold ground even in the most extreme weather conditions. Say good-bye to the irritating sand, ice, and snow that gets stuck to the pads of the feet or even between the pads!

Tips to Protect Your Dog’s Paws from Hot Pavement

Shannon Moore, NCMG  |  Director of Grooming & Education, Espree Animal Products

It’s that time of year again… the warm summer months, many owners like to take their dogs out for long walks.  It is a great way to spend some quality time with your four- legged friend, but many owners forget one very important detail.…. hot pavement will burn your dog’ s feet.  It is tempting to take your dog everywhere with you, but you can cause serious harm to your pet if you aren’t extremely careful and cautious about outside temperatures.  If the asphalt is too hot for your feet, then it is too hot for your dog’s feet.  Hot asphalt can result in horrible burns on the pads of your dog’s feet.  This is especially true if you have a young puppy with tender pads.

Here are some tips to help protect your dog’s feet from the hot pavement during the hot summer months:

1. Walk your dog early morning or evening when it is a bit cooler outside. The pavement is the hottest in the afternoon or early evening, so avoid the pavement with your pooch during this time.

2. Stay on the grass when it is hot! When you are taking your dog on walks, try to stay in the shad and on the grass whenever you can.  Remember when the asphalt is so hot that you can cook an egg on it, it will more than likely burn your dog’s feet.

3. Moisturize your dog’s feet.  Try to keep provide protection to lock in hydration to the pads of the feet.  Dry pads are more susceptible to cracking, abrasions, and peeling.  Dry pads have a tendency to be more susceptible to burns from hot pavement. Consider moisturizing your dog’s pads daily, especially in hot weather, to help prevent injuries and burns.

4. Toughen up your dog’s feet.  During the cooler seasons and cooler times of the day, try walking your dog on the pavement. The hard and rough surfaces will toughen the pads of the feet.  This will provide a natural resistance to damage from hot surfaces.

5. Use Paw Balm. Espree’s Paw Balm can be easily applied to the pads.  Paw Balm is designed to protect your dogs feet from potentially harmful surfaces by helping to provide a protective barrier.

These tips will help keep your dog’s feet safe from the dangers of hot pavement during the summer months.  Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog from any other heat related injuries as well.