Caring for Your Dog’s Paws

Does your dog know any cute paw tricks, like Gimme Five or Shake Paw? Fido’s furry feet are super cute, but they also play a very important role in his health and well-being. After all, those paws let your pooch run to greet you at the door, or race after his favorite toy! In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area, a local vet offers some great doggy paw care advice.

Nails

Make sure to keep Fido’s nails trimmed: overgrown claws can be very uncomfortable for your canine buddy! Long claws can make it hard for your pet to gain traction, and can be quite painful to walk on. Your pooch may adjust his gait to compensate, which is bad for his bones and joints. If you’re uneasy about clipping your pet’s nails yourself, just call us to set up a pawdicure appointment.

Seasonal Hazards

If you’ve ever stepped onto hot sand or tar barefoot, you know how painful it can be. In summer, it’s very easy for Fido to get burns and blisters on his furry feet by walking on hot surfaces. Try to keep your canine friend on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm or wax to protect his paws. Dogs’ paw pads are especially sensitive when they’re wet, so if your pooch swims, take extra care with him after he gets out of the water. During peak pollen times, we also recommend wiping your dog’s paws with a damp cloth to remove dust, dirt, pollen, and chemical residue.

Paw Inspection

Check Fido’s furry feet regularly. Inspect your canine friend’s toes, to make sure he doesn’t have any foreign objects stuck between them. Keep an eye out for ticks as well: sometimes they attach themselves to dogs’ paws. You’ll also want to watch for cuts and swelling. You can treat minor cuts yourself with antiseptic, but don’t take chances: contact your vet for anything more than a scratch. Paw infections are nothing to take lightly! Make these paw checks more fun for your four-legged pal by giving him a belly rub or a yummy treat when you’re done.

Do you have any questions or concerns about caring for your dog? Contact us here at All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area. We are happy to help!

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