Dogs Paws. They seem so tough and durable, used every day, everywhere. But did you know they are actually as sensitive as human feet? Here are some of the common dog paw problems and what you can do to prevent them
Burns from Hot Pavement
Did you know that dog’s paws can burn in as little as 10 seconds on a hot surface like pavement & asphalt and sand? In fact, burns due to hot pavement are one of the top injuries Vets see in dogs in warm seasons.
“Dogs can suffer burns to their paws on days most dog owners wouldn’t consider exceedingly hot” ( Dr. Alison Mason, DVM) On a day when the outside temperature is only 77F, the pavement can reach an astonishing 125F. So what can you do to avoid burnt and blistered paws?
- Use a wax to create a barrier
- Use a summer boot that’s lightweight & breathable and wick moisture away from paws. (Dog’s sweat from their paws so never use a heavy winter boot or plastic balloon boot in hot weather)
Dog Paw Yeast
If your dog is constantly licking or chewing their paws; Yeast is most likely the culprit. It’s quite a common problem for dogs to have yeast on their paws (and ears) especially in the hot and humid months. Since dogs sweat from their paws which it’s an ideal environment for yeast to grow. It’s also terribly itchy!! We recommend you:
- wash paws daily in anti-yeast shampoo & always dry thoroughly
- give your dog probiotics
- use socks or lightweight summer boots to prevent licking
Cuts and Injury
Since dogs walk bare-pawed, this can leave them open to all sorts of nasty injuries from cuts to burns from cigarettes. Always:
- inspect your dog’s paws daily
- After walks, wipe paws ( we like baby wipes) to clean to remove dirt and grit
- if you do see any cuts apply antiseptic and have the paw inspected by your vet
- if your dog’s paw gets cut keep it bandaged in a gauze and protect the foot in a dog boot until the paw heals.
Dry or Cracked Paws
Your dog’s pads can become dry or cracked due to a number of reasons, including cold weather, hot pavement, dry air, hot sand, rough terrain, surface chemicals, and even paw licking. Prevent these issues by:
- applying a protective balm put on your dog’s pads prior to going outside.
- Use dog booties- specific for both Winter & Summer.
- Once indoors, put a healing balm on the pads before you cover them with a doggy sock or a dog bootie.
Germs & bacteria
Would you walk along dirty streets in bare feet? Well think about all the dirt, germs and bacteria dogs collect while walking bare-pawed. And then, they track all these wonderful things into our homes and even our beds. A simple solution:
Use a pair of lightweight, comfortable dog booties and leave the germs at the door.