Your dog’s paws are integral to everything he does. Those cute furry feet let Fido run after his favorite toy, hop into the car when it’s time for a fun ride, and jump for joy when he sees you. Caring for your canine pal’s paws isn’t difficult, but it is very important! In this article, a local Fort Collins, CO veterinarian discusses doggy paw care.
Overgrown claws are very painful for our canine pals. They can affect your pet’s stride when he walks, and, over time, can even contribute to bone/joint disorders, such as arthritis. Make sure to keep Fido’s nails trimmed! If you’re nervous about doing it yourself, consider investing in a pair of clippers with sensors, which will indicate exactly where to make the cut. Of course, you can also just call us to schedule a quick ‘pawdicure’ for your furry best friend!
Summer and winter both bring specific hazards for those cute little (or not so little) paws. In summer, walking on hot tar can give your pet painful burns or blisters. Fido’s paws will be very delicate after he’s been swimming, so take extra care with your furry pal after he’s been in water. As a rule of thumb, if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for Fido! In winter, snow, ice, salt, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can cause abrasions and burns. Wipe your canine buddy’s feet down with a damp cloth after each walk, and use a paw balm or wax to protect them. You’ll also want to be careful when walking your furry friend on fresh snow, as it can hide dangerous objects, such as broken bottles, from view.
We recommend inspecting your canine pal’s paws regularly for any signs swelling or injury. To make this more fun for Fido, work in a gentle paw massage for your furry friend! If you notice a light nick, you can treat it yourself with an antiseptic cream or spray. For anything more than a very minor wound, contact your vet right away. You definitely don’t want to take any chances with paw infections!
Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health, care, or behavior? Is Fido due for shots or an exam? We are here to help! Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime.