Unlike humans, our furry little friends normally prefer to go shoe-less. That means they’re on their little feet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! With all that walking, especially outdoors where it’s blistering hot, dog paw care is absolutely vital.
So how do you take care of your dog’s paws?
Keep Their Paws Groomed
Grooming isn’t just about your pup’s fur. Caring for their paws can help prevent injuries and discomfort, and help your pup feel the best they can. To do that, make sure to keep their nails trimmed. You may also want to trim the hairs between their paw pads. You could also bring them to a groomer for regular sessions.
Good Dog People carry a selection of grooming tools that could be of help if you enjoy a little grooming session for your dog.
Check Their Paws Regularly
Aside from regular grooming, it’s important to do even more regular check-ins on the condition of your dog’s paw pads. Small rocks and other debris can get stuck in uncomfortable places and it can be hard for your pup to take care of themselves. It’s especially important to check their feet post-walks.
Prepare For The Outdoors
Walking barefoot on burning hot concrete is never fun and can cause their paws to crack or blister. To prevent this, make sure to limit their exposure and exercise preventative care. Try avoiding hot pavements and dirt, and walk them where it’s cool and there’s shade. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t keep your own hand on the ground for more than 5 seconds, it’s probably too hot for your pup!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, you absolutely should! Our dogs are ever deserving of special spa days and paw care, but moisturizing can also help soothe cracked paw pads and prevent future injuries. Add Natural Dog Company Organic Paw Soother Healing Balm to your pup’s paw care today.
Moisturizing your dog’s paws can help make them softer and less prone to cracking. Massaging their paws, especially massaging between their paw pads in a circular motion can also help improve circulation.
If you can, avoid Vaseline and other human moisturizers or lotions for dog paw care. While Vaseline is considered minimally toxic and therefore technically safe for your dog, it might be better to err on the side of caution.
Dogs may sometimes lick their paws, and end up ingesting some of their paw moisturizers. While dog-safe brands of moisturizers are produced with this in mind, human ones are not and may sometimes act as laxatives or toxins to dogs. Try Shake Organic Paw Cream that is designed for dogs instead.
Good Dog People carry a wide range of paw care products perfect for any dog, whether you’re looking for simple paw soothing moisturisers or natural paw protection.
For one, GDP’s range of all natural paw balms are great starting points for paw care products. Washbar’s Natural Paw Balm is perfect for relieving pain and inflammation on paws. It’s also great for moisturizing dog paws and can be used daily.
Depending on the type of injury your dog suffered, it may take between a week to a month for your dog’s paws to completely heal. For surface-level injuries like abrasions and burns, it may take up to 9 days for the skin to completely heal back.
However, deeper injuries may take up to 21 days. For a better estimate of how long your pup’s paws should take to heal, speak with your vet.