Your dog’s paws work hard every day, and though they are very durable and strong, they can be susceptible to some injuries and irritation, which may prompt a visit to the vet’s office. Paw pad injuries are relatively common in dogs, but with some simple prevention and care tips, you can help relieve the pain and irritation for your pup. Here’s a look at what you should know.
There are many potential causes for injuries.
Paw pad injuries can include cuts, ulcers, punctures, tick bites, allergic rashes, and hot spots. These may be caused by walking on rough terrain, exposure to hot pavement on summer days, fungal or bacterial infections, overgrown toenails, or parasites. You might notice that your dog has an injury on his paw because he is limping, chewing on the paw, losing hair around the foot pads, or the paw is bleeding or has a foul-smelling odor.
Your dog’s paws need regular checks and grooming.
To keep your dog’s paw pads healthy, you should make a habit of regularly inspecting your dog’s paws. If possible, try to handle your dog’s paws from a young age, as some dogs do not like their paws being touched, so it is helpful to condition them to let you do this. You should also have your dog’s nails trimmed regularly and apply first aid to any injuries. In the hot summer, moisturizers may be appropriate, but ask your vet to make a recommendation for your dog. Do not use lotions and moisturizing creams intended for humans on your dog.
Licking and biting can further irritate the injury.
When dogs are hurt, their instinct is to lick or bite at the injured area. Unfortunately, this can only make matters worse. Special collars, deterrent sprays, and careful monitoring can all help your dog leave his paws alone, so they are able to heal properly.
For any injuries or illnesses your pet faces, Horizon Animal Hospital is here to provide care in Scottsdale, AZ. We can also provide your dog with comprehensive preventive care for every stage of life. Schedule an appointment at our clinic by calling (480) 800-4559.