Dogs? paws have 2 different pads, namely the metacarpal pad and the digital pads. These pads consist of fat underneath a thick, rough layer of skin that protects the pad from injuries, cuts and abrasions. Pads on the paws protect bones and joints by cushioning them as well as by insulating against extreme temperature.
Here are a few tips for keeping your pet?s paws healthy.
EVEN DOGS NEED PEDICURES
If you can hear your dog?s nails clicking on the floor when they walk, then they are too long and need a trim. Ask your groomer or veterinarian which nail trimmers are best to buy and ask them for instructions on using them safely and properly.
TRIM PAW HAIR
The hair on on your dog?s paw can get matted, which can be painful. To help stop this, comb the hair between the pads out and trim it even with the pads.
CLEAN BETWEEN PADS
After each walk, you should check your dog?s paws as stones or even broken glass can get caught between the digital pads. In most cases, it will be possible to remove the object using tweezers. Ensure you clean the area well afterwards.
MOISTURISE PADS TO PREVENT DRYING AND CRACKING
There are plenty of creams out there specifically made for dogs, so choose one of these as human creams can soften pads and cause injury. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a good moisturiser for paw pads.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME TO START AN EXERCISE PROGRAM
Puppies will have spent most of their time indoors, so you will want to start giving them exercise, starting slowly. The inside of your dog?s paws will not have built up a tolerance to rough surfaces and cold or heat, so start with short walks and gradually lengthen the distance.