Doggy Paw Care Tips

Does your dog sometimes put a paw on your leg in a show of support? Fido’s furry feet are super cute! Your canine buddy’s paws also crucial to his mobility, so it’s very important for you to take good care of them. A Greenwood, IN vet offers some doggy paw care tips in this article.

Nail Care

Does your pup make a clicking noise when he runs across the kitchen to you? If so, Fido probably needs a pawdicure. Overgrown nails are very uncomfortable for Man’s Best Friend, and can make it harder for him to walk or gain traction, especially on slippery surfaces. Over time, they can even affect your dog’s gait, and can contribute to painful bone/joint problems, like arthritis. If you have a hard time clipping your canine friend’s claws, try some desensitization training. Start by teaching Fido to Gimme Paw. Then, rub the clippers over his nails, and give him a treat. It may also help to get clippers with sensors. Of course, you can also just call us to schedule a quick nail trim appointment for your pooch!

Paw Pads

Fido’s paw pads are very sensitive, and can easily get injured. In summer, our four-legged buddies can get painful blisters by running around on hot or hard surfaces, especially right after going swimming. Winter also poses some specific problems: snow, salt, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can all cause burns and abrasions. Use paw balm or wax on your pup’s feet, and try to keep him on soft surfaces. We also recommend wiping your dog’s feet daily with a damp cloth, and choosing pet-safe de-icing products for winter.

General Care

Keep an eye on your canine pal’s feet. If your dog has those cute tufts of fur growing between his toes, keep these trimmed. Otherwise, they can get matted, which is very uncomfortable for Man’s Best Friend. Watch for ticks, pebbles, or seeds, as these can sometimes get lodged between Fido’s furry toes. You’ll also want to check your pet’s paws for bumps; cuts; swelling; and other signs of injury. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss: paw infections are nothing to play with! Work a paw massage into Fido’s foot inspections to make this more pleasant for him.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Greenwood, IN animal clinic, today!

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