Does your canine buddy know how to Shake or Gimme Five? Dogs can learn some really cute tricks with their feet! Taking good care of Fido’s paws is very important. After all, your pet’s paws allow him to run, play, and jump for joy to greet you at the door. Read on as a local Carolina Forest, SC vet offers tips on caring for your pup’s paws.
Clip The Claws
Overgrown nails are very uncomfortable for our canine pals, just as long toenails are for us. If your furry pal’s claws get too long, he may carry his weight differently when he walks. This puts a lot of stress on his bones and joints, and can contribute to or aggravate painful medical conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia. If you are nervous about cutting Fido’s nails yourself, ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques. Of course, you can also schedule a nail trim with your vet or groomer.
Dogs’ paw pads are very sensitive, and are particularly delicate when they’re wet. In summer, Fido can get painful burns, blisters, and abrasions from running around on hot or harsh surfaces, especially after he’s been swimming. In winter, snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icing agents can do a number on your pet’s feet. Use paw balm or wax to protect and moisturize Fido’s paw pads, and keep your pup on soft ground as much as possible. Also, if you use de-icing agents in winter, choose pet-safe ones.
Get into the habit of inspecting Fido’s paws. If your dog isn’t thrilled about this idea, give him a yummy treat every time you handle his feet. You may find him suddenly becoming much more enthusiastic about having his paws touched! During these inspections, you’ll want to look for anything out of the ordinary, such as cuts, bruising, heat, swelling, and sensitivity. Don’t forget to check between your pup’s toes! Sometimes ticks or other foreign objects get stuck in there.
Speaking of Fido’s toes, does your pooch have those cute tufts of fur growing between his? If so, you may want to clip these. They can trap things like gum and mud, and form painful mats. Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Carolina Forest, SC vet clinic, with any questions or concern about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!