pets paws and pads bear not only the weight of the pet but are
vulnerable to injury from every day wear and tear. You want to check regularly for cuts, sores, burns, objects stuck between the pads, or cracked pads.
It is one of the spots you want to check first if you notice your pet limping, pet not walking on a paw, or excessive licking of the paw.
Use caution if you suspect an injury because pets can become
unpredictable when in pain. If the pet pulls the paw away from you, it
may be wise to muzzle the pet before proceeding with your examination.
common over sight people make with their dogs is not understanding how
hot the sidewalk becomes on a sunny summer day. Your dog can feel the
heat just as you can. Ever see the news folks fry an egg on the hot
Your pets pads can incur a burn when the sidewalk is
extremely hot. Most pads are thick and seasoned providing ample
protection, however, they are still vulnerable to burns.
the pesticides at the dog park can make the dogs paws red and raw. Be
advised to avoid wet mud, this seems to be the source of the problem for
many dogs paws and pads.
Always keep an eye out for broken glass on the sidewalk.
note, your pet may love to have its pads rubbed as part of your
affection. It is a good opportunity for inspecting between the toes and
There are pet
shoes, or pet booties you can purchase to protect your pet. Many folks
like these when hiking with their dog. They come in many styles, some
for fashion, some for protection.
If you plan
on your dog exercising long periods with you, ie) bike riding, jogging,
very long walks, hiking etc., you want to allow your dog ample time to
build up its pads to accommodate the activity.
If you have any cause for concern with your pets paws or pads contact your Vet.
Pet Paw/Pad Care Supplies
- Pet Shoes or Booties
- Disposable Pet Booties
- Antibacterial Soap
- Witch hazel
- Pad Moisturizer