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Doggy Paw Care Tips

Does your dog sometimes put his paw on your leg in a show of doggy support? Does Fido know how to ‘Shake Paw’or ‘Gimme Five?’ Your pet’s furry feet are very important to his health and well-being, so be sure to take good care of them! Read on as a Coon Rapids, MN vet lists some doggy paw care tips.

Claws

Make sure to keep your canine friend’s claws clipped. Overgrown nails are quite uncomfortable for dogs, just as long nails are for us. Your pup may change his stride to compensate, which can be hard on his bones and joints. Over time, this can even contribute to or aggravate arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other bone/joint issues. If you’re nervous about trimming Fido’s nails yourself, get some clippers that are equipped with sensors. These make the process much easier, by taking the guesswork out of deciding where to cut. Of course, you can also bring your furry pal in for a quick nail trim. Call us for an appointment any time!

Paw Protection

Fido can get painful burns and blisters by running or walking on hot or harsh surfaces. In summer, hot tar and asphalt can hurt your canine pal’s feet. In winter, snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icing agents can cause paw problems. Just like human skin, dogs’ paws get very delicate when wet, so take extra care with your pooch after he has been swimming. If Fido won’t go for wearing booties, use paw balm or wax to protect his paws. (Tip: petroleum jelly also works.)

Toe Fur

Does Fido have those cute tufts of fur growing on his toes? We recommend trimming these, as they can easily get gunked up, and become matted with ice, mud, or other substances. As you can imagine, having a snarl between your toes isn’t very comfortable!

Paws For Thought

Be sure to inspect your dog’s paws regularly. You’ll want to watch for signs of injury or insect bites. Look between Fido’s toes for foreign objects, and make sure there are no ticks on his paws. If you see something minor, like a tiny scratch, you can treat it with antiseptic at home, but call your vet for anything more serious than that.

Please reach out to us, your Coon Rapids, MN pet hospital, with any questions about your dog’s health or care. We’re here for you!

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