Paw prints are one of the most common symbols or images we associate with our canine friends. Fido’s furry feet are super cute! They are also crucial to his health and well-being. They act as shock absorbers when your dog runs and jumps, and generally keep him mobile. In this article, a Lewisville, TX vet offers some tips on caring for your pet’s feet.

Paw Pads

Fido’s paw pads are very delicate, just like human feet. In summer, your pooch can get painful burns and blisters on his feet from walking on scorching hot tar, sand, or asphalt. As a rule of thumb, if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on, it’s too hot for your pet. Stick to soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm to protect and moisturize your canine pal’s paws.

Claws

Keep your furry pal’s claws clipped! If Fido’s claws get too long, they’ll become quite uncomfortable, just as long nails are for us. Your pooch may change his stride to compensate, which will put a lot of strain on his bones and joints. Plus, overgrown nails often snag on things, which can lead to painful tears and even infections. Many people are uncomfortable cutting their pets’ nails themselves. As you may know, if you cut too far, you could cut into the quick, which is where your dog’s nerves and blood vessels end. Ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques. Consider getting a pair of clippers that have sensors in them. This will take the guesswork out of the process. We also advise keeping styptic powder on hand, just in case you do cut too far. Remember to give your pup a yummy treat after! You can also just call us to schedule a pawdicure!

Inspection

We recommend inspecting Fido’s paws daily. You can easily incorporate this into doggy hangout time! You’ll want to look for things like foxtails, ticks, gum, pebbles, splinters, and other foreign objects. You can use tweezers to gently remove anything that is lodged in your pet’s paws. Minor scrapes can be treated with antiseptic. However, contact your vet for anything more serious than that, or if you notice limping, swelling, heat, discoloration, burns, or other signs of trouble.

Please reach out to us, your Lewisville, TX vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!