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Caring for Your Dog’s Paws

Have you looked at your canine buddy’s paws lately? Your dog’s paws are very important to his health and well-being! After all, without those furry feet, Fido couldn’t run after his favorite toy, or jump for joy when you come home. A Georgian Bay, ON vet gives some great doggy paw care tips in this article.

Seasonal Dangers

Winter can definitely do a number on your furry pal’s paws. Fido can get painful burns or abrasions from walking on snow, salt, sand, ice, or chemical de-icing agents. Walking your pooch in fresh snow can also be dangerous, because snow can hide hazardous objects, like broken glass. Booties are a great way to protect your canine friend’s feet, but, unfortunately, not all of dogs enjoy wearing shoes. If Fido won’t tolerate booties, use paw balm or wax to protect his feet, and choose pet-friendly de-icing products. Summer is also dangerous: your four-legged buddy can get blisters from walking on hot surfaces. Dogs’ paws are extra delicate when they’re wet, so if your pet likes swimming, keep him on dirt or grass when he gets out of the water. We also recommend wiping your pup’s paws daily with a damp cloth.

Furry Toes

Does your dog have toe fur tufts? If so, keep these trimmed back. Otherwise, they can get matted, which can be quite uncomfortable for Fido, and can make it hard for him to get good traction on slippery surfaces.

Nail Clipping

Don’t let your pup’s claws get too long. Overgrown nails can be very problematic for Fido! Your furry friend may adjust his gait to compensate for the discomfort they cause. This is very bad for his bones and joints! If you’re uneasy about trimming your dog’s nails yourself, call us to schedule a quick pawdicure.

Injuries

Check your canine buddy’s paws regularly. Look for visible swelling, as well as any cuts or scrapes. You can use antiseptic to treat a light nick, but contact your vet for anything more than a minor scratch. You’ll also want to watch for ticks, as sometimes these disgusting parasites latch on to Fido’s furry toes. Last but not least, if you see your pooch limping, or notice that he’s constantly licking his paws, contact your vet immediately.

Does your dog need vaccinations or an exam? We can help! Contact us, your Georgian Bay, ON animal hospital, anytime.

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