First, it is important to know what your dog’s paw pads are made of. They have a tougher outer layer and a softer inner layer which is not fully visible from the outside. It also has sweat glands in the bottom of the paw which keep it cool as your dog is running around.
The paws are also very sensitive tools. Whenever your dog walks anywhere, it is using its paws to feel out the area around it and make sure that it does not trip over anything or step on something sharp. It uses its paw pads to navigate wherever it goes so they must be taken care of properly in order for your pet to stay safe.
One thing that you must watch out for is that your dog’s paws are very sensitive to chemicals like salt and ice melt, antifreeze, brake fluid, pesticides, paint thinners, etc. If it gets on the pads of your dog’s feet, it may cause them to get burned because they do not know how to react to the chemicals. It may not be a conscious effort on your part, but you can make sure that you don’t contaminate their paws by cleaning up any spills in the yard that contain these harmful substances.
Inspect and Clean Your Dog’s Paws
As with all the skin on your dog’s body, it is important to inspect their paws for any signs of injury. If they are scraped, cut, or injured in any way, you should clean them out and apply an antiseptic cream to help protect them.
It is also a good idea to clean your dog’s paws if it has been running through a dirty area. When your dog’s paws get especially dirty, you should clean them to make sure that they do not irritate the skin and cause infection or other damage.
Hydrate Your Dog’s Paws Your Dog’s Paws
Weather can really take a toll on your dog’s paws. A good way to help protect them is to apply moisturizer or petroleum jelly to the outside of their paw pads once or twice a day for about ten minutes at a time. This will maintain the moisture of their feet and keep them from becoming too dry and cracked.
Massage Your Dog’s Paws
If you are up to it, you can massage your dog’s paws. This will help them relax and relieve any tension that they might be feeling to make sure that their feet stay in good health. Massaging helps bring circulation to the area which delivers fresh nutrients necessary for their well-being.
First Aid for Your Dog’s Paws
In the event that your dog’s foot becomes seriously injured, there are a few temporary things that you can do to protect it until you get your pet to a veterinarian.
For example, if its foot is badly cut or has a deep gash in it, make sure that you cover it with gauze and wrap it up tightly, but not too tightly. If you notice that your dog is limping, you can use clean gauze to hold ice on the paw until you are able to get them some medical attention.