As a dog mom or dad, you want to do your utmost to make sure that your beloved furry friend is healthy. One crucial way is to practice proper paw care since dogs are prone to foot injuries, especially when their nails get too long. Read on to learn four simple ways to take proper care of your furry friend's paws.
Since dogs don't know any better regarding taking care of their paws, make sure to make time each day to examine their feet, especially the crevices between their toes and the soft pad. At times, you may notice that there are some small rocks, sticks or other debris that are stuck. Gently remove the debris with your fingers or a pair of tweezers. You can also trim any long hair to reduce the chances of debris accumulating or affecting your dog's feet.
Just like humans, when your dog's nails get too long, it can cause injury and also affect their every day mobility. It can even affect the anatomy of your dog's foot. When is a good indication that it's time to trim your dog's nails? When you start hearing clicking sounds as they walk around.
If you notice that your dog's paws are rough or cracked, you should seriously consider investing in a good quality dog paw balm, ointment, or paw soother. When you keep your dog's paws smooth, it can help prevent infections, itchiness, and/or pain. Make sure to look for key soothing ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter when purchasing a balm for your dog's paws.
When your dog's paws get wet, make sure to help dry them off immediately. Excess moisture can cause the paws to become irritated or for bacteria or fungal to grow. This, in turn, can cause itchiness. If you take your dog out for a walk in the rain, or in the snow, on the wet grass, or for a swim, make sure to use a towel to help dry their paws afterwards. You can also purchase special boots to protect their paws during the colder, rainy seasons.