Your dog relies on their paws for almost everything they do and while your pooch will generally do a pretty good job of keeping their paws out of trouble themselves you can certainly do a lot to help. The following are a few easy ways to keep your dog and their paws healthy and happy all year round.
Protecting your dog’s paws is important, as unlike people, your dog won’t complain if they hurt themselves, making it vital that you are watching out for signs that there may be a problem.
Avoid extreme heat or cold
One of the biggest risks to your dog’s paws comes from the temperature, because walking on extremely hot or cold surfaces can cause significant damage to sensitive paws. Stick to grass or dirt trails on hot summer days as they will be considerably cooler than sand or concrete, and try and time your walks to avoid the hottest part of the day. Similarly, stay off the concrete on those cold winter days as well, keep walks a little shorter when it is particularly cold out, and if you live somewhere that gets below 0°C consider investing in booties for your dog.
Trim their nails regularly
Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will make it easier for them to walk on hard surfaces, reducing their chance of suffering an injury, and those regular trims will be a lot easier with some quality dog grooming products. The more regularly you trim their nails the stronger they will be and shorter nails will also be less chance of getting caught on something and torn off. Trim any excess hair growing between their paw pads as well, as this will reduce the chance of mats developing or thorns, seeds or other spikey things getting caught up in there.
Keep your yard clean and clear
Stepping on something sharp or pointy can be quite painful for your dog, so if your pooch spends a lot of time running around your front or back yard keep it cleared of potential hazards. Watch out for pine cones, tree clippings, rocks and other potentially painful objects and remove any that you can find, because if you can’t walk around your yard in bare feet without stepping on something painful don’t expect your dog to either!
Massage their paws
Dogs enjoy a gentle massage just like as any of us, especially on their paws, so make this a regular part of your dog care routine. Apart from doing wonders to relax a hyperactive pooch, your massage will provide a great opportunity to spend some quality time together as well as help to increase blood flow to their feet, making it easier for them to heal and thrive. Take a close look at their paws while you massage them and if you notice anything problematic take them to see your vet.
Watch for signs of injury
Unlike people, your dog won’t complain if they hurt themselves, making it vital that you are watching out for signs that there may be a problem. The most obvious sign will be if your pooch starts limping, though if you notice your dog licking or biting at their feet there is likely a problem as well. If your dog has clearly injured a paw, wrap it in a towel, apply gentle pressure and get them to a vet ASAP.
Your dog is a vital member of your pack so make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep them healthy and happy. Investing in a dog box subscription from Gus and Lou will certainly help, because every box contains a quality grooming product, healthy treats and a toy that we know they will love. To order your dog box today, simply give us a call or contact us online.