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My Golden Madison's thread about how cold it is and her pup lifting his feet in the cold got me thinking.

I love well-groomed, trimmed paws. But, in the winter where it's at freezing or below most of the time, with or without snow, is it better for the dog to leave the fur on the bottoms of the feet. Penny's fur collects snow but she's good about biting it off when she comes in. She doesn't spend a lot of time outside and we don't walk much in the winter.
 

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I keep my dogs feet trimmed in the winter - otherwise ice & snow balls will quickly form -I usually hike every day. I also train at shopping centers, in parking lots etc so they may get salt on their paws and neat feet are easier to clean & remove the chemicals from.
 

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That makes sense. I always think of the fur as giving a little 'lift' off the surfaces, but it does ice up with snow balls.
 

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My vet said as they age, it is best if you keep the fur trimmed,especially in the winter, gives them the ability to walk in snow,and ice better.
 

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Lucky had Grinch feet in the winter when the ground was hard.
 
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