Huskies love to exercise, we all know this by now! But keeping them comfortable during their long walks and play sessions involves caring for their paws.
Paw grooming is often overlooked within the dog world. In our article, we take a look at how to care for your Husky’s paws in both winter and summer, along with a general grooming guide. Let’s get started!
GROOMING YOUR HUSKY’S PAWS
Caring for your Husky’s paws involves keeping them well-groomed. Not only will grooming keep them looking fresh, but it will also help to prevent injuries and discomfort in your Husky.
Whilst grooming your Husky’s paws, you should:
- Trim hair between the paw pads – The fur between your Husky’s paw pads can easily become matted. Matted fur is very painful for a Husky as it pulls on their skin, this is particularly sensitive between their toes! Keep the fur trimmed so that it is the same height as the paw pads and make sure it is brushed frequently.
- Keep their nails trimmed – Nobody enjoys trimming their dog’s nails but it must be done. A clear sign that your Husky’s nails are too long is if you can hear them scratching or clicking on the floor whilst they walk. Trimming your Husky’s nails must be done right and most vets will do it for you if they are very overgrown. We recommend reading this guide by the AKC for advice on how to trim your Husky’s nails safely.
- Check them for debris and injury – Huskies have a high exercise need meaning their paws are put through a lot. It’s not uncommon for small rocks and other bits of debris to get stuck between their paw pads. This debris and usually be removed with a pair of tweezers but it’s important to check regularly to prevent discomfort and injury.
- Moisturise to prevent cracking – Although most of us would never consider moisturising our Husky’s paws, it’s actually very beneficial! Moisturising will make your Husky’s paw pads softer which reduces the risk of them cracking and becoming injured. Make sure to use a dog-safe moisturiser as Huskies tend to lick their paws. A small amount of coconut oil is our favourite to use.
It’s a good idea to start grooming your Husky’s paws from a young age to help them get used to it. It is normal for older Huskies who have never had their paws groomed before to show some signs of distress during the process. Stick with it though – grooming is an excellent bonding activity and must be done for your Husky’s health.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HUSKY’S PAWS IN WINTER
Huskies are undoubtedly winter dogs, but that doesn’t mean their paws don’t need a little help once it gets cold. Your Husky will appreciate any help with protecting their paws as it means they will be able to keep exercising for long into the future.
Once the temperature starts to drop, your Husky’s paws become more susceptible to cracking. Being in constant contact with cold surfaces whilst out on winter walks can dry their paw pads. We recommend keeping them well moisturised, both before and after walks, to make sure their paw pads remain soft.
Huskies love the cold so it’s unusual for them to refuse to go out in it. If your Husky does seem reluctant, however, it could be because they have sensitive paws. In this case, buying your Husky a set of dog boots could be the solution. It will take a while for your Husky to get used to wearing them but once they are comfortable, their feet will remain protected against the elements.
You might see other articles recommend that you use ice-melting products in your yard to make it more comfortable for your Husky to walk around. We advise against these as they often contain harmful and toxic ingredients. Huskies tend to lick their feet frequently and could ingest some of these chemicals by accident as a result.
Keep in mind that Huskies have lived for many years in harsh conditions. Their paws are suited to cold weather but a little help to prevent cracking will not be refused.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HUSKY’S PAWS IN SUMMER
Huskies are less suited to the heat and their paws will need extra attention during warmer months.
The best thing you can do for your Husky’s paws during warm weather is to not allow them to walk on hot surfaces. Road surfaces in particular, such as concrete and tarmac, can get extremely hot under the sun. Allowing your Husky to walk over them may burn their sensitive paw pads.
Check if it is too warm to walk your Husky by standing barefoot on the ground for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, then it’s certainly too hot for your Husky.
During the summer months, plan to walk your Husky early before the sun rises or late after the sun has set. This will give surfaces a chance to cool off, making them suitable for your Husky to walk on.
Although Huskies are quite robust dogs, caring for their paws can make a big difference to their comfort levels during exercise. Regular grooming and common sense will keep their paws healthy. If you are concerned about the condition of your Husky’s paws, please consult a vet.