Fido’s cute pawprints have become his unofficial sigil: we see paw prints on all sorts of doggy products. Those of you who have canine pals of their own likely also find them on your floors and porches! Those furry feet are actually critical to your pet’s health and well-being. It’s important to take good care of them. A local Fort Bragg, NC vet offers some advice on how to do that in this article.
Keeping up with Fido’s nail care is very important! Overgrown nails cause several issues. These may initially seem minor, but they can actually become quite serious. For one thing, they change the angle of your pup’s toes against the ground, making it harder for him to get good traction on slippery surfaces. They also affect his stance and the way he holds his weight, which can aggravate and/or contribute to issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. If you aren’t comfortable cutting your canine companion’s nails yourself, try a nail grinder or a clipper with sensors. You can also make a pawdicure appointment at your vet or groomer’s.
Those little tufts of fur some pups have on their toes may be cute, but it may also be best to clip them. They can pick up all sorts of gunk, like mud and gum, and can collect ice balls in winter.
Fido’s toe beans also need some attention. Just like our skin, your dog’s paw pads can get quite raw and chafed. They’re also prone to getting burns, abrasions, and blisters. A good paw balm or wax will help keep them moisturized and protected. We’d also recommend wiping your canine friend’s feet down regularly, especially after walks. All the salt, sand, snow, and chemical de-icing products on roads and sidewalks can cause chemical burns and blisters. If you have your own place, it’s also a good idea to get some pet-safe de-icing products.
Winter can be hard for Fido: after all, he is running around bare-pawed on all that snow. You may want to try putting booties on your furry pal. Just don’t force the issue: not all pooches enjoy wearing shoes.
Does your four-legged buddy hate having his feet handled? Teach Fido that he’ll get a delicious treat for giving you his foot. He may have a miraculous change of heart!
Please contact us with questions or concerns about caring for your pup’s feet. As your Fort Bragg, NC animal clinic, we are here to help!