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    What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    At the dog park (which is now covered with a foot of new snow), ice balls are forming on my dogs foot pads and between her toes splaying them apart.

    Someone suggested Pam cooking spray. I discovered a whole bunch of reasons why it is a bad idea to put butter flavored cooking spray on your dogs feet at a busy dog park.

    I've heard bag balm suggested but I have none of that. Would hand lotion work? Any other common household products? We will be back there in a couple of hours and I really want her and I to enjoy the snow in this beautiful sunny warm weather (before it turns into a muddy turd soup).

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    buy dog booties? http://www.petboots.com/

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    Skis!!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    I don't put anyhing on my dog's feet. Simply clipping/shaving the hair between the pads will prevent this issue

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    Our dogs live outside, those ice balls shouldn't hurt her, but you could try socks and rubber bands to keep them from falling.

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    All good ideas but I'm looking for a quick fix for today. We might not see any more significant snow here for another 5 years.

    I'll try a little vaseline.

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    There is some stuff called "Mushers Secret" that is used in Alaska for the sled dogs feet, maybe your local stores carry it. But definitely the best way to avoid ice claw jams is to have the fur trimmed from the paw pads.

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    We live on a farm and have knitted some booties for our dog, seem to do the trick.

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xeph View Post
    I don't put anyhing on my dog's feet. Simply clipping/shaving the hair between the pads will prevent this issue
    Exactly what I was going to say. This is a pretty much fool proof way of keepin the snow balls, road salt and ice at bay

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    Vasiline works great for anyone on who cares.

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    Is that not very messy though?

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    Hope this isn't too late... Pam Cooking Spray works. Sounds odd but it does. We have long haired dogs and it stops the snowballs. It doesn't seem to be too greasy, likely rubs off in the snow so you may want to apply again if out for a long time.
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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt View Post
    Hope this isn't too late... Pam Cooking Spray works. Sounds odd but it does. We have long haired dogs and it stops the snowballs. It doesn't seem to be too greasy, likely rubs off in the snow so you may want to apply again if out for a long time.
    I used that yesterday. Butter flavor was a bad choice for the dog park. My dog was overwhelmed by the smell of her feet, and the other dogs were were trying to eat her footprints. Maybe regular would have been better. It did wear of very quickly. The vaseline today worked much better.

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    You have dog feet?! ;p

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    Re: What can I put on my dog feet to keep ice balls from forming.

    I got to ditto the Vaseline and shaving the longer hair will be a double attack on the feet. It's no big deal just leaving them alone, it's a personal choice I guess.
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