Caring for Your Dog’s Paws

Have you looked at your dog’s paws lately? Fido’s furry feet are crucial to his health and well-being. They help him run and jump and play, and generally help him get around. Taking care of your pet’s paws isn’t difficult, but it is very important. An Upper Arlington, OH vet offers some great doggy paw care tips in this article.

Claw Care

Keep your canine pal’s nails trimmed, so they don’t get too long. Overgrown nails are very uncomfortable for Fido. They can affect his stride when he’s walking, and make it harder for him to get traction on slippery surfaces. In time, they can even contribute to or aggravate painful bone/joint disorders, such as arthritis. Many people are nervous about clipping their pets’ claws, often out of fear of cutting too close. If you’re worried about giving your pooch a manicure yourself, consider getting clippers with sensors, which will indicate exactly where to cut. You can also just call us to schedule a quick nail clipping.

Seasonal Hazards

Hot and cold weather can both do a number on your pet’s sensitive paws. In summer, Fido can burn his feet by walking on hot surfaces, like tar. Your canine pal’s paws will be extremely delicate after being immersed in water, so be extra careful with Fido after he’s been swimming. Winter also brings specific hazards. Snow, salt, ice, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can all hurt your pup’s paws. You’ll also want to be careful walking your furry buddy on fresh snow, as it can hide hazards, like broken glass. We recommend using paw balm or wax to protect your pup’s paws, and wiping those furry feet down daily with a damp cloth.

General Care

Check your pet’s paws regularly for signs of injury or swelling. Look at Fido’s furry toes, to see if he has any foreign objects or ticks lodged in between them. If your canine buddy gets a small nick or abrasion, you can treat it at home with antiseptic. Don’t take chances with severe cuts, though: contact your vet right away for anything more than a little scratch. You definitely don’t want to risk your four-legged friend getting a paw infection!

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Contact us, your Upper Arlington, OH animal hospital! We are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.