/ Snow and dog fur?
Was thinking this must be a common enough thing. So wondering does anyone out there have a solution to other than just leave him accumulate the snow. For the record he's a Schnauser Poodle cross so Poodle type fur and he looks like a little black Labradoodle.
Take photos first. They look funny.
Good call - my parents had a couple of gordon setters who had problems with balling on their feet, which can lead to problems.
I've got a spaniel who actively rummages about in the undergrowth, and we have alread lost one coat.
The most effective thing to do is get a tub of really cheap nasty marg, and very lightly (ie, rub grease into your hands then rub them over the pooch) grease the dogs' paws (especially between the pads) and their under carriage- tummy, feathers, armpits JUST before you go out; any earlier and the dog will simply sit and proceed to lick it all off!
when you get in from your walk, the dog will happily sit and clean itself up, if there's any grease left.
the problem with allowing the snow to accumulte is that it tends to mat up, twist, and then get ripped out by the weight of the snow and the dangly movement of the balls- painful. when the snow really compacts, it's hard to get it off, and a couple of years ago I had to literally cut the stuff off, losing some of the dog's feathers as I went. After that I deliberately trimmed back some of her fur and then took to greasing her up.
PS same trick works with preventing snow from balling up under the hooves of horses- whack a load of grease into the hoof.
there are crampons available for most dog breeds now so check them out too.
Dogs can get frostbite between their pads. Suggestions like Sarah's are just about looking after your hound.
But a friends spaniel gets badly snowed up on her legs and forms snow balls which make her have an awkward gait.. so we have to keep an eye on her...
We've had several days of heavy snow and I run every day with my border collie - this morning he was practically swimming in the stuff.
It was -11c so I think it was too powdery to ball up - it gets a bit more claggy when its warmer, but I never have a problem and he's probably run in the snow maybe 40 days so far this winter.
He gets a good towelling off when he comes in but I can't really say there's ever been a specific problem.
I deliberately trimmed back some of her fur and then took to greasing her up.
Anyhow, i stick to doing nothing, Ill be suprised if anyting can stick to his pads, hes never still and always face first in a bush somewhere so im sure it will keep clear :D
Why out of interest do you not want snow on the dog? I know that sounds daft, but he wont get as cold as we do if we where covered in snow, Mylo has had his full underside frozen and stuck with snow balls and still panting like mad!
The snow balls up, and the balls get bigger and bigger and harder- until they get to be impossible to remove! Cookie got so balled up a couple of winters ago that her gait actually changed- she had to swing her legs out. Then the balls got so heavy that they ripped the fur out of the skin. Nasty. None of this stopped her from gamoolling about in the snow per se, but it was horrible to see the damage the snow did.
it was the first time i remember icicles forming on the dogs whiskers and face.
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