by Trekmoor
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.



by jlp8cornell
A thread on this was just active in the Health and Nutrition forum. Look here:

viewtopic.php?f=88&t=26623



by mcbosco
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.



by gittrdonebritts
Shave there feet it works really well.



by Birddogz
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.


Exactly correct.



by DougB
If the waxes don't do it, you can try dog boots.



by crackerd
Or, Bill, you might add weight

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to help them get better traction.

Happy Burns Night a month in advance - send haggis!

MG



by Trekmoor
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 !

Bill T.



by Greg Jennings
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



by 4dabirds
mushers secret works good . sometimes you have to touch it up a little while hunting. I got mine from gun dog supply.



by Fireside
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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by gonehuntin'
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


X2. My way also.



by DonF
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!