Even trimmed, poodle hair between the toes seems to love to attract probs. We found that to avoid those dreaded ice balls, rubbing a small amount of vasoline between the toes worked wonders. It keeps the ice from sticking so it doesn't build up.
Our current dog, Maggie, hasn't suffered with this prob yet. But the two we used to have did until we found the vasoline solution.
You don't need gobs just a small amount rubbed in between the toes.
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I appreciated a tip from a couple of guys with exquisitely trimmed poodles at the dog park--use a man's mustache trimmer to shave the fur between the foot pads, as well as the top area if you're so inclined (I trim mine, but the owners of my male pups prefer a bushier paw and muzzle look). The mustache trimmers are really inexpensive, about $10 at Odd Lots, and many are battery powered and quiet, which the dogs appreciate even if they're still not thrilled about anyone messing with their paws.
The helpful booklearning hint is not to use scissors to trim near the pads, since a cut or puncture would be nasty--hard to heal even if the pooch forgives you.
We have a lot of white clay in this part of Texas, so anytime we go for a walk in the woods/fields when it's damp, the pooches are prone to those mudballs. It doesn't take much hair or mud (and some sticky sands like Oklahoma red sand) may not form large balls, but they dry and harden quickly. I was at an agility trial, walked my dog and took him to the doggie masseuse on-site, and just that quick she said "look what he has on his feet!" I took him outside to a hose and washed and washed and washed... Just purchased my first Wahl Mini Arco cordless clippers, btw, and they are AWESOME!!! So nimble, quiet and easy to use. I can trim my arthritic "old lady"'s feet, and she hardly knows I'm doing it! Definitely worth the money. :-)
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Fitness Minutes: (3,833) Posts: 2,094 10/3/08 10:25 P
wow...she must really need her feet trimmed badly! I like to keep my three's feet trimmed well, so I've never had an issue with mud balls or snow balls between their toes. I can only imagine that that also would be painful! I keep a trimmer around for in between grooming trimmings. Occasionally I have to trim around their bottoms between groomings especially if one has a bout with the squirts (yuck) but it does happen. If you're careful, you can trim the little balls off, but you have to be very careful to not cut their pads or pull the hair between their toes. Depends on how still your dog can be. I usually have to have my husband help me hold them when I'm doing a little trim, but they do pretty well for me!
Edited by: KR2165 at: 10/3/2008 (22:23)
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Ok how about mud-ball feet? I need to get lady in to be trimmed this week. After our hike today I noticed little balls of dirt on the long hairs between her pads. It wasn't raining or muddy but she picked it up anyway.
Good point, Truffle. I never thought about the snow ball effect, but it makes sense. We keep our Poodles feet shaved and let their coats go a little longer in the winter. They run through the snow and the cold does not seem to bother them. All the kids in our house - 2 legs and 4 legs - are looking forward to the first snow!
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I started Sparkpeople on 5/9/08 at 205 lbs. My ticker shows my start weight as 209 which was my highest weight in late April.
The first winter with our pups was when we realized why poodles have shaved feet. The hair between their pads will form snowballs that are very painful for them to walk on, plus penetratingly cold, and have to be melted off with water. Even if you don't get snow, wet seasons leave unshaved feet prone to foot rot and other fungal diseases. I highly recommend shaving the feet... in addition to the above benefits, you'll find that the "string mop effect" of your poodle's wet/muddy feet is greatly reduced.
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Fitness Minutes: (42,189) Posts: 1,120 9/27/08 12:17 P
With the cold weather coming up and the possibility of us hiking through some wet areas how should I keep Lady's feet trimmed? Right now there is hair popping out between the pads of her feet and I'm thinking that should be trimmed but should I leave it? What's better for her?
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