Proper Canine Foot Care
Your dog's feet are comprised of tendons, skin, bone, ligaments, blood supply and connective tissue. The pads act as shock absorbers for bones and joints and they provide protection from extreme conditions. However, your dog's paws are not indestructible. Unfortunately, we see many foot injuries.
Follow these care tips to avoid problems:
Nail trims. The nails should be long enough for the tip to touch the floor but should not click when they walk. Trimming too far can cause pain or injury, but we are always here to trim them for you. SCHEDULE YOUR DOG'S NAIL TRIM ->
Cuts and scrapes. A small cut on your dog's pad can be treated by cleaning the area with a diluted antiseptic and applying Neosporin. Large cuts, continued bleeding or something embedded in the paw require that you bring your pet in.
Broken or torn toenail. This can be very painful and will also require a visit to your veterinarian. Look for limping, bleeding, or favoring one paw.
Protection and prevention. Watch where your dog is walking. Stay clear of broken glass and barbed plants such as foxtail, cheat grass, and ripgut brome, which can cause serious injury.
Licking and chewing. Licking and chewing at his/her feet may indicate allergies or yeast between the pads. Be sure to let your veterinarian know.
Extreme conditions. Extreme heat and cold can injure your dog's feet. Although their pads are tougher than the bottoms of our feet, some conditions are too extreme. Don't walk your dog on hot pavement and avoid extremely cold ground as well. Common sense applies here: if you can't tolerate the ground temperature on your bare feet for several seconds, your dog can't tolerate it for several minutes.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (918) 609-6111 or visit our Contact Us page.
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