Caring for Your Dog’s Paws

Your dog’s paws need care. He may injure his paws when stepping on sharp stones, glass or thorns. Bee stings or burns from hot pavement are painful. Examine your dog’s paws for bleeding, swelling or obvious cuts. Take note if your dog licks a paw or if he limps when he walks. Examine your dog’s paw to see if there is a minor injury. If so, wash it with a bacterial soap. Wrap your dog’s injured paw with a bandage and don’t allow him to chew on it. Change the bandage often. Watch for signs of infection or slow healing. If the injury is more than a minor cut or abrasion, seek medical attention. Moisturize your dog’s paws with a dog-safe food cream if they are dry or cracked. Inspect the paws for small stones, glass, mud or burrs embedded in between the pads and cause pain. Learn more from your pet clinic Newmarket, ON.


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