How to care for the dog's paws - specialist recommendations
The following symptoms should alert you:
- Too rough skin.
If the dog often licks its paws, this is also a cause for concern.
If the dog walked around tar, fuel oil or other chemicals, moisten its paws with plenty of fat (any animal or vegetable), and then rinse with a special liquid or preparation to flush these substances.
Use caution in winter - street salt irritates paw skin. After each walk, wash the dog's paws and grease the pads with grease (any).
Every owner needs to know how to care for a dog’s paws. Inspect your dog’s paw pads, interdigital spaces, and claws daily. After all, the dog can cut the pads with glass, step on chewing gum, plant seeds can fall between the fingers, etc. All this is fraught with discomfort and lameness.
If it is too dry outside, rub oily skin cream (any) into the paw pads to prevent cracking. If a crack appears, treat it with an antiseptic (e.g. chlorhexidine) and coat with levomecol. Avoid walking through mud, sand, and grass. After each walk, rinse your feet with running water. In winter, either use safety shoes or apply wax directly to the pads just before walking.
In case of excessive dryness, use a moisturizer or olive oil.
If you find swelling or redness of the dog’s paws, it is better to consult a veterinarian - this may be a symptom of joint diseases or fungal diseases.
If the dog is long-haired, to facilitate grooming the paws, you can cut the hair around the paws.