When we think of things that symbolize dogs, pawprints may very well be at the top of the list. Our canine companions definitely leave pawprints on our hearts. (They also leave pawprints on our floors, but that’s beside the point.) Actually, your pet’s furry feet are crucial to his health and well-being. After all, he couldn’t do those adorable happy dances without them! Here, a Dunn, NC vet offers some helpful tips on caring for Fido’s paws.
Clip Your Pet’s Claws
Keeping Fido’s claws clipped is very important! Long nails are very uncomfortable for Fido, just as overgrown toenails are for us. They can also make it harder for your pet to get good traction. Plus, they sometimes snag on things and tear, which can lead to painful infections. Many people aren’t comfortable trimming their pets’ claws themselves. This is understandable: as you may have heard, if you cut too close, you’ll cut into the quick, which can cause bleeding and is quite painful. Get clippers that have sensors on them. Or, you can just call us to schedule a quick peticure for your canine buddy.
Cut Toe Fur
If your canine pal has toe fur tufts, you’ll want to snip these back. They may be cute, but they can trap gunk, like pine sap and gum. They also form uncomfortable ice balls when there’s snow on the ground.
Doggy paw pads are actually very sensitive. Use paw balm or wax to protect Fido’s paws and keep them moisturized. (Tip: petroleum jelly will work in a pinch.)
It isn’t a bad idea to get into the habit of wiping Fido’s paws down with a damp cloth before you bring him in. When it’s muddy out, this will help keep him from tracking mud all over your floor. In warmer months, it will remove dust and pollen from his feet. In winter, you’ll get salt, ice, and chemical de-icing agents off your pet’s paws.
Teaching your cute pet that he’ll get a yummy snack for doing a cute trick like Shake or Gimme Five will always be adorable. It’s also quite useful. Fido will be much more comfortable having his paws handled if he thinks he’s getting a snack afterwards!
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Dunn, NC vet clinic, today!