Paw care is a lot more important than you might think, and coming up to the colder months it could be affected even more. We take care of our feet, but at least we don’t have to go bare-footed everywhere! Here are some easy tips that’ll help their paws.
You might find that your dogs’ nails are clicking on the ground everywhere you go, now this is a sign that they need them clipped. Their nails should barely skim the ground. Most vets or groomers will offer this service to you, but some dogs are simply just too nervous to let them do this. If you have the right equipment while they’re chilling at home they might let you do this.
You should also check for hair between the pads, it can cause very painful matting if not combed out. Try and check for any other pebbles etc when trimming too.
Tip: You might find that if you walk your dog on the pavement or concrete a lot that their nails don’t need to be clipped as often because they’ll be filled along the hard surface, whereas if you have a lot of grass or country walks that might need extra attention.
Just like we get dry feet they can get them too. Their pads can actually crack and bleed if they’re too dry so it’s important that you take special care. It’s very tempting to use your regular foot lotion but doesn’t, it’ll make them too soft and will lead to other complications. You can buy moisturiser especially for dog paws online, in a pet store or your vet might be able to reccomend something.
Give the paws a massage with the cream, then rub each of the pads and in between the toes.
Now, although it’s nearly Winter outside in the UK it may be a lot hotter where you are and this next tip might come in handy. If you’ve ever been in the heat and had to walk along the ground without shoes, you know the pain, and it’s not different for dogs. It can cause blistering and burning on their paws, the only way to treat this is washing with antibacterial soap and loosley wrap with a gauze until they have all healed up.
If you’re not sure on what to do or you want an opinion on the cause, contact your vet.
Lots of exposure to cold weather conditions can cause the pads to dry out. They can start to get chapped and dry, just like our lips in the winter. Another thing you should be aware of is de-icer grit that’s chucked n the road and pavement in icy conditions. Although it stops up slipping from side to side it can be toxic to dogs who like to lick their dogs, or it could even cause burning on their feet.
When coming home from a daily walk, just to be safe, wipe down or rinse the paws with warm water to get rid of anything there. Another alternative is to rub vaseline on their paws before going out which will keep salt from getting to their pads, or invest in some canine snow boots!
If your dog cuts or scrapes their paw/s this is how you should treat it. First, clean out the cut with some antibacterial wash, then put some antibacterial cream onto the cut and bandage up. Though unfortunately, this is easier said than done. If your dog does not allow you to tend to their paw, try to do your best under the circumstances. As always in any situation, if you have any questions or it becomes worse contact a specialist or your vet.
Need some help walk training so your new pooch doesn’t pull on the lead?
If you’ve ever experienced how exhausting and embarrassing it can be when your dog is pulling on the lead, or lunging at other dogs and people, you will be pleased to discover that Gencon has a solution.
The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking.
The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
Don’t believe us? Read this!
Want to see and read more excellent testimonials like this one? Read the rest here.
Did you know?
The Gencon dog head collar is recommended by The Guild of Dog Trainers
stop dog pulling collar, dog head collar, dog handling collar, halti dog collar, dog pulling collar, dog trainer lead, dog training lead, figure of 8 dog lead, no pull dog lead