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Fyra Ess Hundesalbe against the dreaded ice balls

Well glory be - we made it through a long snowy walk this morning without the usual stopping every 10 minutes to de-ice the pooches' paws.

I ran out of my usual paw wax (Musher's Secret, great stuff) and couldn't find it again in Switzerland. I tried a few of the others available from the usual pet stores with 'meh' results - until I found this new ointment:

Fyra Ess Hundesalbe.

This stuff really works. For once Heffalump, who is part Clydesdale - at least the feet part - didn't turn into a giant snow ball. Thanks to Fyra Ess paw salve, on this walk a good time was had by all.

It's a Swedish product, made by Skillingard Salvan AB.

I bought it at my vet (www.marigin.ch) but I see it is also available via Amazon.de:
https://www.amazon.de/Skillingard-Sa.../dp/B001QC7C5C

A google search brings up several German retailers who also carry the product. You might also ask your own vets if you can't find it elsewhere.

Really great stuff.

(Like all paw salves/waxes, be careful of damage to floors/carpets. I corral the mutts into the foyer and put the salve on while they stand on a towel. Then out we go.)



ETA:

Here is the Fyra Ess website, in Swedish:

https://fyraess.se/sv/15-hund

Using Google translate, which may or may not be accurate, it looks like delivery is only within Sweden. But contact details are given. You could also write the company to find out who retailers are in Switzerland.

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Don't they have shoes?
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Don't they have shoes?
Not all dogs actually like boots.



Hachi screamed her head off in the Qualipet when we tried them on her - you'd have thought we were hacking her feet off with a blunt saw, rather than trying to protect her paws from the salt!
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Whether we use shoes or salve depends on the type of snow, on the trail or surfaces we expect to walk.

On salted pavement shoes are a godsend. Shoes also work well on well-trodden snow trails. I have Ruffwear, I really love this company's products. Top quality, well-researched functionality. (Each mutt has both their Front Range and Webmaster harnesses, too.)

But when the snow is wet and heavy, or when the snow is deeper than the height the shoe comes up on the dog's leg, shoes can become less effective. The shoe should be tight enough to keep snow out, but not too tight to be uncomfortable or, doG forbid, cut off blood flow - that's a fine balance. If snow can get in the shoe the dog is then left walking in a wet discomfort. And if the snow is too deep the shoe can fall off, you have to get creative to make sure you don't lose them. Think mitten strings.

So for days like today with 40cm of very wet heavy snow, paths mostly untrodden as we were out at the crack o' dawn, paw wax is the better option.

And as Jagwaugh points out, not every dog will take to shoes. Hooligan will wear them, but Heffalump is of the same opinion as Hachi. Should he, too, develop the back leg weakness his predecessors did I will have a lot of desensitization work to do.

Mostly I have used shoes for traction to help my mutts who were losing back leg function due to DM. Melon had a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos.
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Fortunately not much ice here at all and very little salt particularly if I stick to the paths on the farmland and along the river.


Abby will not wear shoes. But she allowed me to put a coat on her to keep her dry as it was snowing.
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In the 1980s I had an Afghan Hound with an extremely thick black coat. He was 75 cm (30") tall, which meant he had to bend down to snitch something from the table, but he weighed only 28 kg. Actually the impressive appearance of that breed is all "plumage," as my then wife used to say. The rest is some very thin bones and tendons.

After a swift walk in winter he could weigh up to 45 kg, tennis-ball-sized snow and ice clumps included. We usually had to put him in the bath tub and melt the ice down using a hair dryer, which he absolutely loathed.
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