Winter Safety for New York Pets

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Falling debris, gaping potholes and flying manhole covers are not the only street hazards facing New York dogs and their walkers. A regular city sidewalk could kill you in winter weather conditions. Dogs need some of same precautions as their owners to prepare for the sleet and snow of winter. paves the way for winter safety for pets.

Sadly, it was not so long ago that a young doctoral student, Jodie Lane, was killed on a NYC street while doing something as mundane as walking her dog on a wet city street. Jodie stepped onto a metal plate with her dogs and was electrified by an underground cable. The dogs survived, but Jodie who fell on the plate, did not have the protection that a rubber soled shoe might have provided.

Pedestrians are generally safe from the voltage hazards that New York has faced from plates, manhole covers and streetlights because of their rubber soled sneakers and shoes. However, our bare pawed pets have been more susceptible to these stray currents - until now.

Many New York pet owners who sport rubber soles on wet city streets as a matter of precaution, can now deck their pets out in their own rubber soled dog shoes. G-Boots and Hound Hikers, are two brands of dog boots taking dog owners by storm, so to speak. They are probably the only boots for dogs that are made with rubber soles. More than great accessories that come in a variety of colors and sizes for small and large breeds, they are made from 100% fused rubber soles unlike other dog boot styles made with vinyl or plastic soles.

This rubber sole protection has New Yorkers purchasing G-Boots and Hound Hikers in droves as they seek to take back the streets and make walking the dog one of New York’s safer activities again.    

Even on drier days sidewalk grates form a willing receptacle for shoe heels and puppy paws. Sturdy boots like G-boots or Hound Hikers offer great paw protection.

Other sidewalk hazards for pets include the rock salt, antifreeze and other chemicals used to melt the piles of snow that can mount in just a day of New York winter weather. These dangers can also be minimized by a pair of good dog boots. Dogs love the smell and taste of antifreeze and if they don't lick it directly, they pick it up on their paws and can come into contact with these poisons at a later time.

Boots aren't the only wardrobe necessity that owners should provide their pets. Short haired breeds and small dogs are particularly prone to frostbite in cold weather regardless of their coats. Most of the breeds that have become popular among pet owners are simply not conditioned to cope with cold winter temperatures. A dog sweater or a dog coat is not simply a fashion statement, it's a must. They can be as luxurious as hand knitted cashmere or as basic as a simple cable knit sweater.

Paw wax, short walks and some common sense are the finishing touches to brace your pet for any cold season.

HandsNpaws products have been featured on ABC's "The View", MSNBC and the New York Daily News. The store offers a complete line of pet clothing and travel gear for small and larger breed dogs including Hound Hikers™, G-Boots™, Dog Sweaters, Dog Coats and Mushers Secret Paw Wax. The company’s products are available online at

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