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Hey Dog Dad!
I'm a quite late sending this month's newsletter, I was out of office, enjoying a holiday so I was taking some rest from posting. I've not curated links this time around, instead i'm going to share some helpful tips I wish I knew about dog's paws.
As the weather warms up, there's a lot of outdoor activities that can pose a risk to your dog's paws. Whether you're going on hikes, playing fetch in the park, or just taking a walk around the neighbourhood, it's important to regularly check your dog's paws for any injuries or debris that may have gotten stuck in between their paw pads.
The paws are one of the most vulnerable parts of a dog's body, and it's important to pay close attention to them to avoid any potential injuries. Here are some tips on how to keep your dog's paws healthy and safe this spring:
Examine Each Paw Pad Carefully
- Start by checking each paw pad for any signs of cuts, cracks, or foreign objects.
- Gently hold each paw in your hand and check for any abnormalities or injuries.
- Check in between the paw pads, debris and small objects can get stuck there.
- Check for signs of swelling or redness, this could indicate an injury or infection.
Press on Each Paw Pad and in Between the Toes
Press on each paw pad and in between the toes for any pain or discomfort. If your dog shows any signs of pain or discomfort, such as flinching or whimpering, it's important to bring them to the vet to get checked out. Dogs can easily step on sharp objects or get debris lodged in their paws, and it's crucial to address any issues early on to prevent further damage.
Keep Nails Trimmed
Long nails can cause a dog's paw pads to splay out, which can lead to pain and discomfort.
- Make sure to keep your dog's nails trimmed to a healthy length.
- Use dog nail clippers, or take your dog to a groomer or vet to do it for you.
Protect Paws from Hot Pavement
During the warmer months, pavement and other surfaces can get extremely hot, which can burn your dog's paws.
- Avoid walking your dog on hot pavement, opt for grass or shaded paths instead.
- Walk early in the morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler.
- Invest in protective booties for your dog if they'll be walking on hot surfaces.
Protect Paws from Rough Terrain
If you're planning on taking your dog on hikes or other outdoor adventures, it's important to protect their paws from rough terrain. Rocks, sticks, and other sharp objects can easily cut or scrape your dog's paws. Consider investing in protective booties or paw wax to keep their paws safe from any potential injuries.
Remember, if you notice any signs of pain or discomfort, don't hesitate to bring your dog to the vet to get checked out.
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