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How to care for dog paws?

How to care for dog paws?

The condition of the paws is very important for the dogs’s poise and mobility. In addition, the cushions of the paws excrete sweat. What the dog paw is made up of? It consists of toes, pads and claws. Do you know how to properly care for the paws? We have written a short guide for you.

Trimming claws

Many dogs wear down their claws naturally while walking, wildly playing or running on hard surfaces. If you see that your pet’s claws are short enough, you do not need to clip them. The case with overgrown claws is different. Long claws are more prone to injury: breaking, tearing or ripping off. This is why it is so important to keep them as short as they should be. If you do not want to cut the claws on your own, out of anxiety about damaging the claw core, you may ask a veterinarian to do the thing. The doctor will skillfully shorten the claws of your four-legged friend.

Trimming fur between paw pads

Trimming the fur between paw pads is important not only for the sake of hygiene. Hairs around the pads tend to tangle and collect dirt. If they are too long, the dog can slip on smooth floor panels or tiles. Besides, in winter, the fur in these places rapidly catches beads of snow, causing a walking discomfort to the dog. Choose scissors with rounded tips to trim the fur around the pads. Cut the hair flush with the pad surface.

Moisturizing paw pads

Your dog’s paws come into contact with various types of surfaces, including rough ones, so they are prone to cracking and bleeding. Well moisturized pads should be strong and resilient. Use balms intended for the dog paws to moisturize and strengthen the pads. Remember to rub in the balm carefully between the pads. It is best to apply the treatment in the evening, after the last walk, when the dog is already lying at its sleeping spot.

Washing paws

Dogs bring dirt from the outdoor, so it is important to care about hygiene. The bathing of the dog’s paws is beneficial in many ways: removes dirt, inhibits the growth of bacteria, washes off sweat and clears out the odor. Remember to choose a right shampoo formulated specifically for your barker.

Protecting paws

Everybody has heard about Puss in Boots. How about dogs? Booties can be a good idea in a few situations. They make sense in winter when streets and walkways around your block are all covered with salt or other de-icers and the ordinary petroleum jelly is of no help. It is also worth to get the booties before going for a trip into mountains if you plan to walk rocky trails. Other examples include the walking on hot city pavements in summer and preparing a search and rescue dog dog for working in debris.

Remember that your dog can enjoy its life – walk, run or swim – thanks to its fit and healthy paws. This is why it is important that you, as the caretaker for your dog, should nurse its paws to the best of your ability.

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