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Doggy Paw Care Tips

Dogs are wonderful friends and companions: they stay with us through thick and thin. Our canine friends certainly leave paw prints on our hearts! (They also leave paw prints on our floors and driveways, but that’s a small price to pay for unconditional love.) Actually, Fido’s furry feet are crucial to his health and well-being. Without them, he couldn’t race joyfully after the toy you just threw, or run to greet you when you come home. It isn’t hard to keep your pet’s paws healthy, but it is very important. Below, a Livonia, MI veterinarian discusses doggy paw care.

Seasonal Hazards

In summer, Fido can burn his delicate paw pads on hot surfaces. Your dog’s feet will be extra delicate after he’s been swimming, so don’t let him run around on tar or cement right after getting out of the pool. In winter, snow, sand, ice, and chemical de-icing agents can all hurt your pet’s paws. Use pet-friendly de-icing agents and, if your canine friend allows it, put booties on him. If your pooch isn’t one for wearing footwear, use paw balm or wax to protect his feet. We also recommend wiping your canine buddy’s paws with a damp cloth every day, to remove any chemicals, dust, or pollen he may have picked up.

Nails

Overgrown nails can be quite problematic for dogs. They can make walking or running uncomfortable for Fido, and he may adjust his stride to compensate. Over time, this can be very harmful to his bones and joints. If you’re uneasy about doing it yourself, call us to schedule a quick appointment.

Toe Fur

Does your canine friend have tufts of fur growing between his toes? We know, toe fur is cute, but it’s best to keep it trimmed. Otherwise, it can get matted or gunky, which isn’t very pleasant for your pup!

Injuries

Inspect Fido’s furry feet regularly. You’ll want to check for swelling or heat, as well as visible cuts. If your pup gets a little nick, you can treat it with antiseptic, but call your vet for anything more than a light scratch.

Ticks

These sneaky little parasites sometimes latch on to dogs’ paws. When you’re checking Fido for ticks, don’t forget his paws!

Do you have any questions about your dog’s health or care? Does Fido need a nail trim? Call us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, today!

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