Are you caring for your dog paw pads the right way? In this blog post, you will know some amazing ways to care for the paw pad of your pup.
- Walking on gravelly surfaces on the streets
- Walking on over heated roads
- Rubbing the paw pads on rough surfaces
- Development of mats between the toes.
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There is a lot to be taken into consideration besides just trimming your dog’s nails when it comes to caring for their paw pads.
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What are paw pads?
- If your dog is young and hyperactive, goes on daily walks or hikes on rough surfaces, chances are that they will have rough paws.
- On the other hand, if you have an older dog who does not go for walks much or if your dogs mostly spend time running on grass, they are more likely to have smooth paw pads.
- If you regularly maintain the paw pads by cleaning them and use lotions and creams meant for the paw pads, chances are the paw pads will be smooth.
What can damage your dogs paw pads?
Hot pavement and weather
Paw pad exposure to chemicals
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Maintenance of your dog’s paw pads:
Form a habit of regularly checking your dog’s paws:
Gently spread the toes apart and check the sides of the paw pads for the presence of any abrasions, injuries or any foreign objects which may have got lodged between the paw pads. Make sure to also check for the presence of any discoloration or swelling. Furthermore, watch your dog closely to see if they show any sign of being in pain while you are inspecting the paw pads.
How to check if a surface is okay for your dog to walk on?
Put the back of your hand on the hot pavement or the hike trail you want to take your dog on. Hold it there for 7 seconds. If you can maintain your hand on that surface for 7 seconds, then it is okay for your dog to walk on. If you cannot keep your hand on the surface, then it is not fit for your dog to walk on either.
Keeping the paw pads healthy
Get your dog used to wearing dog booties
Dog booties are not always meant for making funny videos. Granted, when dogs wear booties for the first time, they have some pretty hilarious responses. But jokes aside, if you can get your dog used to wearing boots, nothing better than that. Look for boots which are well fitted, sturdy and of the non-slippery kind.
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Moisturize your dog’s paws pads
If you don’t find boots which stay on or if your dog simply hates wearing boots like Delta, you can try regularly moisturizing their paw pads with a paw balm or paw pad wax. These paw balms create an invisible barrier on your dog’s paw pads and repel dirt, salt and ice, thus keeping the paws healthy.
Always use the paw balms before taking your dog for a walk. You can also use some coconut oil for an everyday paw massage. It will keep the pads healthy and prevent any microbial infection. Regular massaging your dog’s paw pads will let him or her relax after a long day of constantly being active on the paws. Check out the the other amazing benefits of coconut oil for dogs.
Keep the fur in paw pads trimmed and mat free
Always make sure to keep the fur between your dog’s paw pads trimmed and short. This helps to provide increased traction on slippery surfaces and helps prevent matting. It also makes it easier to inspect their paw for any injury or abrasion.
Dogs with single coat generally don’t have much fur underneath their feet, but dogs with thick coats have fuzzy feet which can benefit from regular trims.
Dealing with toe tangles and matted fur
If your dog has matted fur between the toes, use olive oil to loosen the mat and then very gently try to comb it out. However, it’s best recommended to leave it to the groomers to remove the matted fur as it can be a pretty painful process for your dog.
Take your dog on the walk when it is cool outside
Dogs are creatures of habit. If you take them to poop outside at a specific time daily, they will have the urge to go for pooping at the same time regularly. Thus, make sure that during summers, you take your dog out during the early phases of the morning, when it is cooler outside and the pavement would not be very hot.
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Wash the paw pads and dry them after walk time
Always wash the paw pads of your dog and dry them the moment you finish walk time. Whether it is dirt, grime, snow or sand, washing the paw pads will remove all the unnecessary elements from the paw pads. Once the paw pads have been cleaned and dried, apply a good quality dog paw pad balm to trap the moisture in and keep the paw pads healthy and dirt free.
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Dog paw pad cut/injury/wound care:
Paw pad injuries are not very uncommon in dogs whether they are puppies or senior dogs. In case, your dog is hurt, always make sure to consult your vet before trying to fix the injury on your own. However, there are a few steps which can be taken immediately in case you are stuck or do not have an access to the vet:
- First, clean the wound with warm water.
- Do a second clean with Betadine.
- Clean out particles which might be stuck in the foot with tweezers.
- Dry out the paw pad with light motions and a soft towel. Be careful to not hurt the paw any further.
- Apply a ‘dog specific’ antibiotic ointment.
- Apply a bandage so that your dog does not lick off the antibiotic.
- Consult your veterinarian.
Paw pad blister treatment:
If you notice your dog’s paw pads developing blisters due to walking on hot surfaces, reduce the walk time to allow the blisters to heal. Another option is to not take your dog out when it is too sunny. Meanwhile, keep the blisters clean by washing with water. Do not use peroxide on the blister, it will slow down the healing process. Only apply Neosporin to the blisters twice daily until the sores heal up. Call your vet in case a pain medication is needed.
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Other dog paw issues
Dog’s feet possess sweat glands which enable them to cool down during hot conditions. They also have scent glands which leave behind pheromones which indicate to other dogs of their presence. Most people complain of their dog’s feet smelling like corn chips. This is due to the growth of yeast or bacteria under your dog’s feet. However, if the smell is too strong, it is time to pay a visit to the vet. Your dog’s paw pad might be suffering from some infection caused by environmental and food allergies.
Hyperkeratosis Canine hyperkeratosis can either be genetic or an underlying medical condition. Under this condition, the paw pads of the dogs look crusty, thick, rough and it may seem like they have fur growing out of their paw pads. Take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice any such symptoms. In the meanwhile, keep the paws protected and moisturized with paw pad balm to reduce the discomfort of your dog.
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Make your own DIY dog paw balm
For this DIY paw balm recipe you will need:
- A double boiler or a small pot
- Lip balm tubes or lip balm tins
- A kitchen scale (completely optional)
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive, sweet almond or sunflower oil
- 1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) shea butter
- 4 tsp. beeswax
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
- In a double boiler or a small pot, melt the shea butter, oil and beeswax on low heat. Stir the concoction continuously until it is melted and well mixed. pour the mixture carefully into the lip balm tins or tubes
- Let them cool on the counter until they become hard.
- Store them away from extreme heat
- Apply the balm to soften your dog’s paws or nose or as a preventive treatment. Use it within 1 to 2 years of making.
I have made this and have observed wonderful results. I hope you do too. Let me know in the comment section what you do to take care of your dog’s feet. If you likes this post and wish to be informed about the latest blog posts, please subscribe to The Happy Puppers, so I can send you notifications about the latest posts directly in your inbox. You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel of The happy Puppers (Shruti and Delta) to check out the videos.
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You really know how to pamper your fur babies! You really spend time, effort, and money to give them the best care that you can!
Thanks for this. I've never really thought of paw care for my puppy.
I love your dog balm recipe! Thanks for sharing. I always worry about their little paws.
Always…they are my babies…my pride and joy and my universe. Thank you for your appreciation. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by. Hope the recipe helps 🙂
Its amazing that you take so much care of your dogs…I haven't ever idea that we can also take care of their paws too…Thanks for sharing… (World in Eyes)
I'm always surprised by the number of people that don't take the heat of the ground they are walking their dogs on into consideration. If it's an overly hot day, we're DEFINITELY not going walking on a sidewalk. That's asking for trouble… A shady trail in the woods is a better choice at that moment. Especially because I have one dog that REFUSES to wear booties regardless of how much I've tried lol
This is good to know. We are struggling with our dog right now and his paws.
I didn't realize that their paws also need protection, too. Like us, they can get injured in rough or uneven surfaces.
We regularly keep an eye on our cats paws just in case. Even though they are indoor cats they can still pick up wee things in between their pads.
Yes, it’s so important to regularly check your dogs paws. Often they cannot tell you if there is an injury if it’s minor and you don’t want it to get worse. I have to be aware of surfaces where we live, outside it gets really hot!
Thanks for the tips. We really need to care for our furry friends paws!
These are great tips for taking care of your pup.Thank you for sharing this!
You are simply awesome. As I am also a dog blogger, I know how tough job it is to come up with such a simple home-made solution. You are doing fine job by spreading awareness on dog problems one could never imagine. Keep up the good work. Maybe we could work together someday.
Sounds simple enough. However, my Shih Tzu is a real pain when it comes to his paws. He ‘allows’ me to touch his back paws but he does not like his front paws messed with. I’ve tried carressing them when we cuddle and holding them more assertively to trim them. He fights me almost every time.
Start with applying lotion on the paws and cleaning them after walks. Best option is to have your boy distracted with his favorite toys or smeared peanut butter so he has something else to give his attention to. This will help you get the job done with him distracted. Once he realizes you are not hurting him, he will eventually give in. Its a long road ahead, but not impossible Good luck. Let me know how it goes.
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