Help for Rough, Dry Dog Paw Pads
Dog paw pad are thick and tough, but they still need paw-pampering! Just as wearing Lady Gaga-ish shoes with five inch heels would take their toll on your feet, so will walking on hot pavement or playing in snow. City sidewalks are notorious enemies of healthy, happy paw pads. In the winter the salt and chemicals used to remove ice are brutal for your dog’s paws and in the summer is it plain HOT!
As a Blissful Dog mom or dad what can you do to keep your dog’s feet happy? Every couple of days look each pad over and ensure there are no areas of concern (cracked, bleeding, suspicious bumps) or anything stuck in the pad. Carefully push on the pad and see if there is a reaction.
You may need to examine their feet a few times to establish a “baseline” for you to learn how they react to examination. I, personally, have zero pain tolerance and would be screeching over a stubbed toe. My husband considers visible bones protruding the only reason for ER room visit. Our dogs are the same way. Gio, my English Toy Spaniel has “sensitive armpits” and if we pick him up “wrong” he squeals as if he were being disemboweled.
Dry Dog Paws Prevention Tips
Pedi Time: If you hear that clicketey, click as your dog trots about…nails are too long! If you are not comfortable cutting your dog’s nails have your vet or groomer show you how. If you loathe doing it make a standing monthly appointment and let the pros do it!
Paw Peering: Check regularly between toes for anything that should not be there: thorns, rocks, glass, gum, anything undesired.
Moisturizing Moment: Then apply Paw Butter™ using the twist-tube applicator or if you prefer the tins, using a dab on your fingers. We recommend you give them a treat or toy to distract them from licking. Even if they DO lick it off, some will be absorbed and it will not hurt them. If you have a “licker” then we suggest you rub it in more.
Deep Tissue Paw Massage: When you have time, give your dog more of a massage. Start with the big pad, rubbing PAW BUTTER deeply into their pads and move onto each toe pad. This is great to do while you sit and Netflix binge (I know you do it).
Apply First Aid: Since their paws meet the earth so often there is more chance for injury. Little cuts (less than 1/2 inch or so-use common sense) can be cleaned with an antiseptic pad. Bigger cuts or one that is bleeding a lot need to be seen by a vet. Boo Boo Butter can be used for after care. I gotta say it: Seek veterinarian advice if your dog has an injury to their paw.
Snip and Trim: Trim paw hair regularly to avoid painful matting. Simply comb hair out, especially from between the toes, and trim even with the pads. Note: Not everyone feels dogs need to have the hair trimmed, this is your personal preference. AND if you are not comfortable doing this, have your groomer do it.
Hot! Hot! Hot Dry Dog Paws: Test with your forearm skin to see if a surface is too hot for your dog to walk comfortably on. If it hurts you, chances are it will hurt them. Hot sidewalks and sand can burn! Your dog wants to be with you and will suffer to do so. For minor burns, clean with antibacterial cleanser, for serious burns, visit your vet immediately.
Froze Toes: We call it froze toes when the dogs dash outside in Minnesota winter (science fiction cold) and stop and hold a foot up within minutes. Ice and snow crystals can freeze inside their paw pads and hurt! Plus, chemicals and salt can be toxic! After outdoor walks, wash your dog’s paws in warm water to rinse away salt and chemicals. You may consider a pair of booties for your cold-weather friend.
An Ounce of Paw-vention: Keep it clean and clear. Make sure there are no nails, broken glass or anything that can cut your dog’s paw pads when you go on a walk. Remember – if you wouldn’t like to walk on it barefoot, neither will your dog!
Build Up: Just as we need to build up to a new exercise regimen, so do our dogs. Do not take them for a long walk across rocky terrain with carpet soft paws. Think walking barefoot across sharp rocks. Paw Empathy.
Footpad Hyperkeratosis: Sometimes you see paw pads that have an overgrowth, like extra paw pad growing up on the sides and maybe an unusual amount of hair in between the pads. This is a whole other thing! It is similar to what you see on dog;s noses that started the whole Nose Butter™ mission. The paw pad variety of this is called Footpad Hyperkeratosis. Hyperkeratosis often runs in bloodlines and results in severe digital hyperkeratosis (overgrowth of crusts and crud) by 5-6 months of age. Once again, not life threatening, but needs to be addressed for their comfort and your peace of mind. Just apply Paw Butter™!Shop for PAW BUTTER Here
Dry dog paws can be prevented. Paw Butter™ – that is all I am going to say on this. So there. Well, one more time Paw Butter helps dry dog paws feel better and look better.
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