Running, chasing and generally enjoying life as a carefree dog. Yep, life certainly has its perks as an outdoor pup. But do you ever wonder what all that running around on rough terrain is doing to your pal’s paws?
A crucial part of your dog’s health and wellbeing lie within their well-utilised feet, so it’s important to take the time to look after them. From their pads to their nails, here is the ultimate guide to looking after your dog’s feet.
Trim those nails
A gentle pitter-patter of your dog’s claws as they click clack across your floor is a normal enough noise to hear, though ideally, your dog’s nails should just be long enough to touch the ground. If your dog’s nails become too long, this can cause all sorts of problems for them, including pain when they walk and over time, incorrect posture, which can lead to further health issues.
A good trim – or a special doggy pedicure – will make this clicking sound less pronounced. Make sure to use a good set of nail clippers if clipping nails yourself at home. And if you aren’t quite confident enough to carry out the task, you can book Fido in to see their vet.
Take care of those pads
No matter whether your dog is making other doggy friends during his woodland walks or forever fetching sticks for you to throw back out, he may run the risk of catching certain nasties between their paw pads. So to help cater for your pal’s wellbeing, make sure to check their paw pads on regular basis and ensure nothing is caught where it shouldn’t be.
Always keep a pair of tweezers handy, in case your dog ends up with a potentially dangerous or uncomfortable item in his pads. This could be anything from small stones and bits of dirt to pieces of glass from broken bottles or other hazards. If you think the item may be stuck too far, book an appointment with your vet just to be on the safe side.
If your pal winds up with an infection as a result of something trapped within their paw pads, you can deck them out in some protective doggy boots to promote healing as well as keeping their pads extra safe.
Look after their paws
Oh, and don’t forget about the hair on your dog’s paws. Spending lots of time outside in the rain and mud can cause this area of hair to become matted, which won’t be comfortable for your pooch.
To help prevent this from happening, make sure to pick up a doggy brush or comb and brush the hair between the pads out after each walkies, particularly ones where your pal has made an extra splash in puddles or been rolling around in the mud! It’s also important to trim the hair so that it sits evenly within their pads.
Moisturise and massage
Give your dog the gift of moisturiser for those tired paw pads – though bear in mind that moisturiser should really be for their daily life and not just a one off treat.
When selecting a moisturiser for your pal, make sure to pick one that is made especially for dogs, as they will have different needs to that of their human counterparts. If you’re unsure of the right one for your pooch, speak to your vet and they should be able to recommend one.
As you moisturise your dog’s paw pads, why not give them a massage at the same time? Not only can this soothe your pooch and help to calm them down but it can also improve their circulation.