Paw care for your dog
Paw care for your dog is very important, expessially since it can cause your dog a lot of pain when there paw pads start to crack and bleed. Last weekend was actually nice outside, not too warm and not too cold. But since the cold weather Lilly’s paws have become chapped and cracked, worse than my hands and that is saying a lot. Me and Lilly decided to go on a adventure which ended in Lilly cutting a piece of her paw, ( you would think it would hurt and she wouldn’t want to keep pulling, running, and jumping but even while her paw was bleeding she was like the energizer bunny, kept going and going). After proper caring for her paw, cleaning the area with antibacterial soap, ointment, and applying gauze around her paw, it’s almost all the way healed.
Changes in weater is the biggest cause for cracked and chapped paws. As a dog owner we have to take care of our pooch’s paws, expessially if your dog is anything like Lilly and rebels on walks, trying to pull you everwhere they want to go. So how can you help your dog with paw care.
- Get their nails done – Lilly gets her nails done at her vet, most vets offer this service in case your a dog owner like me and don’t feel comfortable cutting your dogs nails. Another tip for paw care is to trim the hair between your dogs paws so the hair doesn’t get matted and cause your dog pain.
- Summer – In the summer your dogs paws are just like human feet, so that black top that burns your feet will burn your dogs paws causing blisters and burns. So try keeping them in the grass or dirt. If a burn occurs clean your pooch’s paws out with some antibacterial soap and finish with some loosely wrapped gauze around dogs paws.
- Winter – Least favorite season since my hands continusly break open, the same happens with Lilly’s paws, they dry out and crack. Another danger in the winter is salt and de-icer ( don’t let your dog try to lick this stuff, it is highly toxic) and highly dangerous for your pups paws, it can burn and get stuck in between their paw and pads. When your done with a walk, wipe off their paws with warm water to wash away all the chemicals, another idea to consider is to use vasoline in the winter to your dogs feet moist, or invest in some doggie boots ( they have some really cute brands online for boys and girls, big and small.)
- Cracked paws – Dogs paws can get to the point of bleeding if they get too dry, check out your nearest pet store for doggie paw moisturizer. Do not try human lotions, they can make your dogs paws too soft and crack even more.
Hopefully after this cold weather goes away Lilly’s feet can heal a little more. Plus summer is so much more fun for us, we can go hangout by the Ohio river and maybe even teach Lilly how to swim.