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Snow problem

Post by Trekmoor » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:36 am

Some of you must have much more experience of this than I have. My spaniels feet and featherings are collecting ice balls as I work them in the snow. Snow isn't usually too much of a problem here but this year it's been snowing on and off for over a month now. So far I have trimmed back the hair on the dogs paws and legs and I've tried rubbing vaseline or olive oil into the remaining hair but still ice balls form after a while.

Any advice on how to prevent this happening would be much appreciated.

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Re: Snow problem

Post by jlp8cornell » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:14 am

A thread on this was just active in the Health and Nutrition forum. Look here:

viewtopic.php?f=88&t=26623

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Re: Snow problem

Post by mcbosco » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:25 am

Trekmoor wrote:Some of you must have much more experience of this than I have. My spaniels feet and featherings are collecting ice balls as I work them in the snow. Snow isn't usually too much of a problem here but this year it's been snowing on and off for over a month now. So far I have trimmed back the hair on the dogs paws and legs and I've tried rubbing vaseline or olive oil into the remaining hair but still ice balls form after a while.

Any advice on how to prevent this happening would be much appreciated.

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Buy a tin of Musher's Secret. It also makes a great gun wax.

Use it from the bottom of the paw to the dewclaw area. It dries and does not stain.

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Re: Snow problem

Post by gittrdonebritts » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:48 am

Shave there feet it works really well.

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Re: Snow problem

Post by Birddogz » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:46 am

mcbosco wrote:
Trekmoor wrote:Some of you must have much more experience of this than I have. My spaniels feet and featherings are collecting ice balls as I work them in the snow. Snow isn't usually too much of a problem here but this year it's been snowing on and off for over a month now. So far I have trimmed back the hair on the dogs paws and legs and I've tried rubbing vaseline or olive oil into the remaining hair but still ice balls form after a while.

Any advice on how to prevent this happening would be much appreciated.

Bill T.
Buy a tin of Musher's Secret. It also makes a great gun wax.

Use it from the bottom of the paw to the dewclaw area. It dries and does not stain.
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Re: Snow problem

Post by DougB » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:29 am

If the waxes don't do it, you can try dog boots.
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Re: Snow problem

Post by crackerd » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:55 am

Or, Bill, you might add weight

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to help them get better traction.

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Re: Snow problem

Post by Trekmoor » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:09 pm

Thanks for the advice folks. Nobody seems to have heard of Mushers Secret in the U.K. The English think it's got something to do with mushy peas ....... a favourite dish down there ! Yuch !! I'll stick to haggis !

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Re: Snow problem

Post by Greg Jennings » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:39 pm

Use a moustache trimmer to trim the hair out, then wipe down with vaseline.

Here is the kind of trimmer that I'm talking about
http://www.remingtonproducts.com/ForMen ... ystem.aspx

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Re: Snow problem

Post by 4dabirds » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:56 pm

mushers secret works good . sometimes you have to touch it up a little while hunting. I got mine from gun dog supply.

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Re: Snow problem

Post by Fireside » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:00 pm

Musher's Secret is amazing~ you might have to mail order it from the US. For the rest of their coat I use a horse product... Show Sheen or Vetrolin Shine to keep the ice balls from building up so bad in their fur

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Re: Snow problem

Post by gonehuntin' » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:11 pm

Greg Jennings wrote:Use a moustache trimmer to trim the hair out, then wipe down with vaseline.

Here is the kind of trimmer that I'm talking about
http://www.remingtonproducts.com/ForMen ... ystem.aspx
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Re: Snow problem

Post by DonF » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:17 pm

When I lived kin Montana I had Springer's and snow build up could get pretty bad. I clipped the hair out from their toes and pads with cuticle sisorrs. Helped but they would still get snow balls. Ont thing I recall about it was it really had to get cold for the balls to form, simply freezing didn't do it. Wish I could remember how cold but I don't even know what I had for breakfast! That Mushers Secret looks like it's really worth trying!
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