Dog’s paws are a sensitive part of a dog’s anatomy. One that sometimes is easily overlooked. When was the last time your dog’s paws were checked?
Their paws are always exposed to a daily beating. That’s why is a good idea to inspect your dog’s paws after a walk outside, and an occasional PAWdicure to keep them in top notch health. When walking your dog outside please be aware of the asphalt temperatures as it can be harmful to your dog’s paws, you can read more about our Hot Asphalt Awareness HERE.
What are their pads on their paws for?
The pads on your dog’s paws are designed to cushion and protect their bones, joints, and deep tissue within the paws. They sorta act like shock absorbers, they also provide insulation against extreme weather and helps them to properly navigate on different terrains.
- Did you know dogs sweat through their paws? This is one of their cooling mechanisms.
- Scientists believe that domestic dogs first evolved in colder environments before spreading out into other climates because as the paw gets cold when it hits the ground, arteries transfer the chilled blood back to the body where it warms up again. Read more at MNN.com
Tips for taking care of your dog’s paws. It’s PAWdicure time!
1 Trimmed Nails
If you can hear the dog’s nails on the floor while walking it’s time to trim the nails. They should barely be touching the floor. Visit your vet or groomer to get help if you are unable to do it yourself. Cutting too much of the nail can cause an open wound making it prone to infections.
2Inspect between the paw pads and trim excess hairs
It’s important you check between your dog’s pads because sometimes they can have objects lodged inside of them. Check regularly between the toes for pebbles, small bits of broken glass, splinters, or other debris.
Having long hairs between the pads can cause painful matting, make sure to trim regularly. You should comb the hair out and trim and make them even with the pads.
3Massage and moisturize
Give your dog a paw massage, this will help your dog relax and promote better circulation. Start by rubbing between the pads on the bottom of the paw, and then rub between each toe.
While giving the massage it’s a great opportunity to apply some moisturizer. Over time, your dog’s pads can become cracked and dry, it’s a natural process. Dog’s that to go for walks and play outside tend to have rougher pads than an inside dog. Ask your veterinarian for a good pad moisturizer and use as directed. You must avoid using human hand moisturizer, as it can soften the pads too much and lead to an injury. You can use Vaseline on your dog’s paws but make sure they do not lick the product. It can be harmful to your dog if digested.
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Dogs occasionally can suffer a cut or scrape on their paws and will require some first aid kit attention. Simply clean the cut out with some antibacterial wash, apply an antibacterial cream on the cut and bandage the paw. Remember to always seek professional veterinary care if the dog shows other symptoms or the injury becomes worst.
In order to reduce the risk of injury, keep your home and yard clear of sharp bits and pieces. Be conscious when walking your dog outside, avoid walking near or on broken glass and other debris. Keep this simple tip in mind “If you wouldn’t like to walk on it barefoot, neither will your dog!”