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Jeena Choi

Winter Paw-tection for Dogs

In my snowy Northeastern town, there is a blizzard blowing through that’s estimated to last about 2 days. Talk about an opportune time to discuss paw protection!

Last year, I made my first contribution to PetPlace with Does My Puppy Need Snow Boots?
I learned so much about paw care while writing and researching, specifically that my Westie pup needed boots due to his size and height.

At first glance, most dog boots look alike, so I’ve decided to compile a list of popular boots in a variety of looks and sizes to meet your doggo’s needs. Pick a pair to keep your pup protected this winter, and be sure to scroll down for an exclusive discount code just for PetPlace readers!

Important Tip:

Be sure to measure your pup’s paws carefully, following product instruction. Most boot brands listed below offer measurement charts for an accurate fit. Try them on at home before taking your fur buddy out in the snow and be patient as your pupster gets used to walking in their new boots. P.S.: watching your fido trying to master the bootie-walk is priceless and should lift your spirits during the grey winter season.

Ankle Boots

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For Active Dogs

Kurgo

These lightweight, durable, waterproof all-terrain boots are popular with active families. Featuring rugged soles that mimics a dog’s pads, breathable mesh, and flexible ankle cord, these boots “make any quest paws-sible,” whether through rain, snow, salt, heat, glass, and other hazards.

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For Day-to-Day Use

QUMY

Everyday walks with this set of flexible ankle boots will protect your doggy’s paws from any type of weather. Skid-resistant and anti-slip soles mean these can also be worn indoors for dogs with hip conditions, and help prevent accidental slips and falls.

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For Day-to-Day Use

Ultra Paws

Another option for daily use is this set made from water-resistant, extra flexible nylon and Tough Trek, a thermoplastic material that provides extra grip indoors and out. They also have foam ankle pads for extra comfort.

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Fleece-lined and Fancy

Winsoon

Ideal for short-haired or short-stature dogs, these adorable and affordable sherpa-lined winter boots are made for providing extra warmth while protecting paws in cold or wet climates. Constructed from soft, synthetic leather and sturdy rubber soles, these boots are made for walking!

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High-ankle Option

KOOLTAIL

The high-ankle style ensures your doggo doesn’t kick off the boots accidentally or just for kicks (I know because my mischievous pup is a master at kicking off his boots). This set boasts built-in socks for warmth and an adjustable fastener for a secure fit. Try a set for your leggy, furry friend.

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Rain Boots

Canada Pooch

Wellies for your pooch equals no more muddy paw tracks on your just-cleaned floors. But really, these seriously stylish boots excel at protecting their precious paws from the outdoor elements. The warm liner and slick silicon exterior with non-slip soles provide comfort too.

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Year-Round

Frisco

The water-resistant soft soles with snug fit elastic toggles make these boots a step-up from run-of-the-mill fleece boots, but still practical enough for fun outdoor adventures. Anti-slip soles are a plus for traction in the rain and snow as well.

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Unique

Walkee Paws

These are truly the most unique pup boots on the market right now. In fact, the company prefers to call its design “dog leggings,” promising a better bootie experience to match the distinctive design. Made of stretchy, water-resistant fabric, grippy soles for traction, and over-the-back design (see photo), these go above and beyond to ensure a comfortable fit and maximum protection for your pooch. Use discount code WALKEE15 at checkout for an exclusive 15% savings for our readers.

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Balms

Can’t get your fur buddy to wear boots? Balms are another way to protect doggy paws that create a barrier between the paw pad and the elements. Check out a few of our favorites below.

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Musher’s Secret

Made of 100% pure natural wax, beeswax, and vitamin E, this balm doesn't just have a cult following among pet owners, it also has hordes of horse-loving devotees. The super-moisturizing formula soothes cracked paw pads and hooves, creating a breathable, yet dense, barrier. This means hot concrete, steamy sand beaches, and icy terrain are no match for its protective powers. A little dab goes a long way, so keep this balm handy and use on parched snouts too.

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Pawstruck

This creamy balm, made with extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and non-GMO vitamin E is a USDA-certified organic product. It’s also known for its protection against rough terrain and extreme temperatures.

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Natural Dog Company

PawTection is a vegan, all-natural blend of waxes and oils made for safeguarding sensitive paw pads from painful scratches and damaging chaps. With ingredients that include mango butter, sunflower oil, and rosemary extract, it creates a protective barrier to lock in moisture and help prevent drying.

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Dr. Bronner’s

Dry skin happens to dogs too, especially cracked paw pads in the colder months. Gently wash and dry their paws and apply this unscented balm for soothing relief. This is formulated for human babies, so go ahead and put some on your rough patches too.

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