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Dog Paw Care
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dog paw care, dog paws tlc! It's easy to gloss over the dog paw care part of grooming, because most dogs aren't so thrilled about cooperating with the process. But, believe me, with gentleness and finesse, they will actually come to welcome your one-on-one paw care attention.

If only we could make our dogs understand how vulnerable their bare feet are every time they go outside. For starters there's the weather, which could be anything from rain, snow, ice, or blazing hot sidewalks. Then there's the terrain - gravel, cement, salted streets, hot sand, or hiking trails with jagged rocks, debris and other unknown pitfalls.

Dog Paw care is a necessity because it can be a virtual minefield a dog has to navigate out on a walk and a lot of stuff that his feet have to handle during his lifetime. Not only that, even the physical activities he loves can cause problems and contribute to paw damage if your dog gets over zealous about them.

No doubt your dog likes to play games and go out on jogs with you, but be sure he isn't over-stressed when starting out with a new and vigorous activity. Allow him a period of time to adapt to the extra effort, just as you would yourself. Maybe you can recall a time when you over-exerted yourself on a hike or a run and ended up with sore feet or some blisters. I remember doing this on my first hike down the Grand Canyon - of course I blamed it on the boots!

So what can you do to help a doggie out?

Perhaps Rover would appreciate a little tender loving paw care. How about it? Here are some tips to get you started:

Inspect Those Paws

Make time for regular paw examinations, especially after walks, to look for problems that are not easily seen and may go unnoticed. Depending on the type of terrain your walks cover, your dog's paws could pick up objects such as burrs, gravel or even sustain a cut by stepping on some broken glass. Finding and gently removing debris will be save your dog from a lot of discomfort and possible infection.

If you often walk your dog on rough surfaces, his foot pads are definitely going to subject to more abrasion which could cause dryness, cracking or tearing. Ouch! So be sure to check for these conditions also.

Try applying some paw balm to your dog's pads if they look dry or any cracks are appearing. Dogs sweat through their feet and this does add some moisture, but weather conditions and friction can very often cause dryness. Paw balm will protect, heal and keep your dog's paws more comfortable.

Itchy Paws Solutions

Another common paw problem is itchiness, which many times leads dogs to licking or chewing their paws. The irritation could be the result of contact with cleaning products used around the house, gardening products used outside, or some other allergic reaction. Aside from allergies, twisted or long toenails are sometimes to blame - more on nails further along.

dog paw care hair trimming Long hair between the toes can also trigger your dog to chew his paws, because it can harbor mats and irritating debris, dirt and even parasites.

Keeping the hair on the paws and foot bed trimmed as short as possible is not only part of good grooming, but is important because continued licking will likely cause inflammatory conditions.

If dog paw care remedies fail to stop your dog's chewing, talk to your vet to find out if something else might be going on, perhaps related to allergies.

Don't Forget The Pawdicure

No paw inspection is complete without checking the length and condition of your dog's nails looking for any damage or breakages.

Overly long nails can make it seriously painful for your dog to walk and left untreated, could result in abnormal growth and long term damage. Not only that, long nails make your dog less stable on slippery surfaces and subject to a fall.

Another hazard of long nails is that they are more apt to get caught on objects while out playing or walking, with the potential for an extreme injury.

Long nails are easily remedied by giving your dog a pawdicure...err that is, clip his nails! It's easy peasy with these nail trimmers.

But, if you're unsure about doing this, take Rover to the vet and have him teach you the safe way to handle nail clipping.

Some people are a little squeamish about nail clipping and prefer to use a gentle nail grinder, which is a lot easier method and may encourage you to handle this vital part of your dog's care regularly. Whatever the case, the main thing is to get it done by someone!

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Dog Paw Injuries And Other Hazards

When you discover paw injuries, grab what you need to clean and treat them from your doggie first aid kit. Then apply a protective cover to prevent re-injury and to assist in the healing process. It is important to remember that cuts and skin irritations can lead to infections in the sweat glands if left untreated.

Winter, in cold climates, brings with it other challenges to your dog's paws, one of them being rock salt. To prevent soreness and chapping and the possibility of your dog licking off the salt, be sure to rinse off your dog's paws after walking in these conditions.

Caution is also needed during summertime when pavements may be very hot. The noon day sun can be especially punishing, so plan to take your dog out at a cooler time of day, or if your dog will put up with dog booties, that's another option.

Dog Paw Care - Summary

It doesn't take much effort to keep your dog's paws in good condition compared to how much time is spent on them. And this extra little bit of loving paw care, will ease the wear and tear and ensure that your best friend's feet are comfortable and healthy.

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