5 Ways To Keep Fido’s Paws Healthy

Does your dog know cute tricks like Shake and Gimme Paw? Fido’s furry feet are pretty adorable! They’re also crucial to his overall health and well-being. Read on for some great doggy paw care tips from a London, ON vet.

Clip Your Pup’s Claws

As you probably know, overgrown toenails can be quite uncomfortable for people. The same holds true for dogs. If your furry pal’s nails are too long, he may adjust his stride to compensate. That’s really not good for his bones and joints. Over time, long nails can actually exacerbate or contribute to painful medical issues, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. If you don’t feel comfortable cutting your dog’s nails yourself, just call us to schedule a pawdicure.

Paw Pads

Don’t forget that your pet is always barefoot. Dogs can easily get painful scrapes, burns, and blisters from running on hard surfaces. In winter, snow, salt, ice, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can all do a number on Fido’s sensitive paw pads, while in summer, hot surfaces can cause burns or blisters. Your pup’s feet will be even more delicate after he’s been swimming. Keep your canine buddy on soft surfaces as much as possible. You can also use paw balm or wax to protect and moisturize your dog’s paws. Also, be sure to choose pet-friendly de-icing products in winter.

Paw Massage

Many dogs love paw massages. This is a good way for you to inspect Fido’s paws. Check for bumps, bruising, cuts, heat, and swelling. If you see a small abrasion, you can treat it yourself with antiseptic. Larger cuts, however, warrant a trip to the vet. You don’t want to take chances with paw infections! Remember to look between your canine pal’s toes for ticks and/or foreign objects.

Toe Fur

If Fido has those cute tufts of fur growing between his toes, you’ll want to trim these back. They can collect ice balls and other gunk, and get matted. Needless to say, this can get pretty uncomfortable!

Training Hack

Does Fido hate having his feet handled? Teach your pup that he’ll get a yummy treat whenever he gives you his paw. Your pooch may have a miraculous change of heart about having his paws touched!

Do you have questions about dog care? Call us, your London, ON pet hospital, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great veterinary care!

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