Your dog’s paws are crucial to his health and well-being. Fido needs his feet to run after his favorite toy, offer you a paw to Shake, and, of course, to track mud all over your floors! Taking care of your pet’s paws is very important! In this article, a Lakeville, MN vet discusses doggy paw care.
Long nails can be very problematic for our canine companions. If Fido’s nails are too long, they can get caught on things, which can cause painful tears and even infections. Overgrown nails are also uncomfortable for dogs to walk on. This can cause your furry friend to adjust his gait, which will put a lot of strain on his bones and joints. Keep those nails trimmed! If you aren’t comfortable giving your pup a pawdicure, just call us to set up an appointment!
Dogs’ paw pads are very sensitive. In summer, your pooch can burn his paws by walking or running on hot surfaces, like tar, sand, or cement. Your canine pal’s feet will be extra sensitive when they are wet, so you’ll need to be super careful after Fido has been swimming. Winter also brings its own set of concerns. Salt, sand, ice, snow, and chemical de-icing agents can all cause painful burns and abrasions. You can try putting booties on your pup, but not all dogs will accept wearing shoes. If your furry pal isn’t having it, use paw balm or wax to protect his feet.
Some dogs have tufts of fur growing between their toes. These are pretty cute, but it’s best to trim them. In winter, they can collect ice balls. In summer, they can trap gunk, like gum, and form painful mats.
Did you know that many dogs like paw massages? This can be a fun way to pamper your cute pet, and make the most out of your hangout/cuddle time. This is also a great chance to check for paw injuries, and make sure Fido doesn’t have any ticks or foreign objects stuck between his toes.
Paws For Thought
Does Fido hate having his feet handled? Teach him that he will get a yummy snack every time he offers you his furry foot!
Please contact us, your Lakeville, MN vet clinic, for all of your canine buddy’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!