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The foundation of your dog are his paws. The paws are strong but not indestructible. They can be easily injured, prone to allergies and irritants. With our help their paws can stay in good condition and they will be forever grateful.
Naturally dogs nails are designed to be worn down and this means that the perfect lenght for their nails is when they just touch the ground as they walk. When is the right time for pedicure? If your dogs nails snag in the carpet or if you just hear clicking sound across the floor then it is the right time to take him to a pedicure.
In you local Pet Store you will be recommended the right type of trim that is best suitable for your dog and will demonstrate where to cut the nail.
Trim Away Extra Fuzz – for longer haired breed it is really important the extra trimmin that would otherwise be worn away in a natural state. Trim the paw hair to avoid matting which can be painful. Comb the hair out from between the toes and trim at an even level with the paw pads.
Cleanliness is next to Dogliness – dogs romp around all sorts of terrain and this leaves them exposed to having foreign objects lodged in their pads and between their toes. You may find yourself removing pebbles, sharp twigs, glass and other debris just using your fingers or a pair of tweezers.
Moisturise– Your dogs paws can quickly become dry and cracked in exposure to the elements. You can find suitable dog specific cream in your local pet store. It is best to avoid human hand moisturiser as this will soften the pads too much and leave your dog open to potential injury.
Massage– promotes better circulation, rub between the pads on the bottom of the paw and between each toe.
Start Exercise Slow– Paws need to be conditioned to exercising on different terrain. If you are looking to start a new exercise regime, start slow and let your dogs paws become accustomed to the increase in activity, if you don’t; it can lead to painful, sensitive cracked paws. If all your dog ever walks on is carpet and soft grass his paws will be aching after a hike over rocky trails, or running on pavement.
First Aid– If your dog sustains a wound smaller then a centimetre you can clean the wound with antibacterial wash and wrapped lightly in a clean bandage. Anything deeper means you should consult your veterinarian.
In Summer – In summer beware of the heat and the summer sand that can burn paws. As we feel the heat on our feet at the same time with the same intense the heat can be felt by your dog. To prevent burns and blisters, proper paw care involves avoiding walking your dog during the hottest parts of the day, choosing instead early morning and late afternoon. Blisters, red ulcerations and loose skin are sign of burnt paw pads.
In Winter – In the cooler places of Australia the winter can be harsh for our skin and even worse for your dog. As we feel the cold on ur hand your pet can feel it on his paws. Your dog can experience chapping and cracking in their paw pads. You always give your dog a warm bath after winter walk. Vaseline as a barrier, or wrap up their tootsies in doggie booties.
Prevention– The pointy debris is the danger at home and in your garden, so always keep them clean. When out walking be conscious to avoid hazards. If you wouldn’t like to walk on it barefoot, neither will your dog.
Note: Paw pads do not heal like regular skin. If your pet has sustained anything more than a superficial abrasion it is recommended to visit your veterinarian.
Paw First Aid Kit
- Saline solution to rinse over the wound
- Iodine (diluted as per instructions)
- A bandage or cloth to place over a wound and control bleeding
- Latex gloves
- A dog first aid book
- Emergency Vet number (including after hours)
- Tweezers (flat slant)
- Scissors (dull ended)
- Cotton balls
- Gauze pads
- Stretch bandage
- Bulb Syringe (to flush wounds)
- Skin and Paw Balm
- Rectal Thermometer (petroleum jelly)
- A muzzle or triangle bandage to use
- Container of flour to stop bleeding nails that have been broken
- Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting, always check with vet before administering)
- Emergency blanket
- Tick remover
- Eye wash
- Foldable bowl (for water/food)
- Booties (if hiking)
- Antibiotic cream