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Doggy Paw Care

Did you know that your dog’s paws have sweat glands in them? Fido’s paws are critical not only to his mobility, but to his overall health. To keep your furry buddy’s paws in shape, you’ll want to monitor your pup’s paws for any signs of injury or irritation, and practice a bit of preventative care as well. Here are some tips from your veterinarian Greenfield on caring for your canine buddy’s paws.

Pawdicure

Keep your pup’s toe hairs trimmed back. While you’re at it, check between Fido’s toes, as sometimes pebbles or other objects can get lodged between them.

Clip Those Claws

Don’t let your pup’s nails get too long. Overgrown claws can make it harder for dogs to walk, and can even contribute to arthritis. Be very careful when clipping your dog’s claws not to cut too far down. You want to cut above the quick, which is the spot where the nerves and blood vessels end. With clear nails, the quick should be easy to see. If you aren’t sure where the quick is, start by making thin cuts at the end of your dog’s claws. Check each clipping afterwards. When you start to see an oval appear in the center, stop. You may also find it worth your while to buy a claw trimmer that is equipped with a sensor. These are more expensive than other types, but they do take the guesswork out of trimming a dog’s claws.

Paw Pads

Your dog’s paw pads go through a lot of wear and tear. Tar, rocks, sand, ice, and salt can all cause chafing, cracking, blisters, and scratches. Wipe down your pup’s paws with a damp towel after each walk to help keep his paw pads clean, and moisturize as needed.

Seasonal Care

In winter, salt, sand, and chemicals used for de-icing can irritate Fido’s paws. In extreme weather, use a dog-safe balm to moisturize and protect your dog’s paw pads before and after walking him. Dog booties may also help. In summer, walk your furry pal on dirt or grass as much as possible. We all know what stepping on hot pavement feels like! If your dog likes to swim, you’ll need to be very careful about where you take him after he gets out of the water. Immersion in water will soften your pup’s paw pads, just like it does our skin. This can make Fido’s paws even more susceptible to burns or blisters from hot tar or sand.

If you notice any blisters, burns, cuts, or chafing on your dog’s paws, contact your local vet Greenfield immediately. To read more pet care articles, please click here.

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