Your dog doesn't need a FitBit to know they got 10,000 steps a day! Those four feet hit the grounding running (and jumping, and playing) and only stop to eat and sleep. All that pounding can wreak havoc on your dog's paw pads.
If your dog is your running buddy (literally, as in RUNNING) or a working dog, those paw pads get even more wear and tear. Plus, ice and snow and the chemicals used to melt it are brutal for suede boots and dog paws. Summer's heat is also rough (I refuse to say RUFF) on your dog's pads.
You may have first noticed your dog's pads needed some attention when they slapped you with a paw or jumped up on your legs. OUCH! It felt like someone had rubbed coarse sandpaper on you. Time for PAW BUTTER!
Press your forearm to the sidewalk (sand, asphalt, etc.), if it is too hot for you, it is probably too hot for your dog's paws, especially if they are inside most of the time.
We call it froze toes when our dogs run outside during our Minnesota winter, then stop and hold a foot up within minutes. Ice and snow crystals can freeze inside their paw pads and darn, that hurts!
The chemicals and salts used to keep the sidewalks snow-free can be harsh on your dog's paws. 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, if your dog will tolerate them.
Keep your eyes open for potential paw danger while walking your dog. I'm not suggested you be a helicopter dog parent (we all know some of them), just notice what's coming up. Glass, sharp rocks, and such can bring a fun walk to a halt with one step. While you are scoping out the path, make sure you steer clear of dropped food, road kill, anthills and such. I speak from experience on all of those…don't ask.
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. We've all seen exhausted puppies being forced to run beside their people and it is so sad. Ugh.
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. And yes, PAW BUTTER will help get rid of Footpad or Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis. See our buddy below and his transformation.
Use the time spent applying PAW BUTTER to give your dog's feet a close examination. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know what is normal for your dog's paw pads AND get him used to having his feet handled. Some dogs are not exactly thrilled with having their feet handled, so be respectful of their individual quirks. Personally, I loathe the idea of a foot massage and many of my friends consider it nirvana. Go figure...
Wipe you dog's paws off using a mild soap or warm water prior to applying PAW BUTTER
Look between toes and feel around on the pads for any foreign objects; a thorn or sticker, bit of glass or plastic, maybe even gum
Apply PAW BUTTER using the tin or tube. No need for a lot, start less and reapply if needed. Open the tin and scoop a bit out with your finger or a spoon. If it is harder than you like, warm it up in the palm of your hand. It quickly gets softer and begins to melt. Or open tube and dab across the pads.
DEEP TISSUE PAW MASSAGE
Start with the big pad and massage the PAW BUTTER deeply into that pad, then move onto each toe pad. This is great to do while you sit and Netflix binge (I know you do it).
Give you dog a treat, or feed them their dinner, to distract them from licking the PAW BUTTER off, if needed.
Apply PAW BUTTER as often as needed to achieve and maintain the level of paw suppleness you desire.
IF NEEDED APPLY PAW FIRST AID
Little cuts (less than 1/2 inch or so-use common sense) can be cleaned with an antiseptic pad. Then apply PAW BUTTER or BOO BOO BUTTER. Bigger cuts or one that is bleeding need to be seen by a vet. I gotta say it: Seek veterinarian advice if your dog has an injury to their paw.
IF DESIRED SNIP & TRIM
Trim paw hair regularly to avoid painful matting and the formation of ice balls in pads during the winter. 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.