If one thinks of all the foot problems we would have if we always
walked barefoot, it is understandable why pets often have paw issues of
their own. Terrain is one of the main factors in helping keep a pet’s
paws healthy and protected. Some hazards are more obvious than others.
Being aware, particularly in the city, of glass and other debris that can
cut or injure a paw is wise. However,
more rural terrain can have damaging elements that can be overlooked.
If hiking with a dog be aware that a rocky area may have sharp jagged rocks.
Similarly, certain types of gravel used on roads or driveways
can also hurt the paw. In the summer pavement
and other surfaces can become extremely hot and painful for
your pet. Be especially aware of this when walking your dog as he may not
have the option to walk on a cooler surface. Similarly in the winter ice
and road salt can harm paws.
Also be aware of the activity level and
sensitivity of your pet. Often active owners and pets who run, hike, and
exercise together may find that the dog’s paws may become sensitive,
chaffed, or cracked. Particularly when starting your dog out on hikes and
runs he may need some time for his paws to adjust, and may also need some
time to build up general endurance. Be aware that some dogs will continue
with an activity even if uncomfortable or hurt because they want to please
A pet’s claws can also be an issue. Keeping claws trimmed is important
because catching a nail can be very painful. Also, long nails
can make wood floors and tiles difficult to walk on. For older pets slipping
can lead to an injury. Typically, indoor and less active pets need the
most frequent nail clippings as the nail isn’t wearing away as it
would normally through activity. However, some
pets that simply have fast growing nails that also need frequent trimming.
length once a month is wise, but if a pet is slipping or having other nail
issues check more frequently.
There are some additional solutions to paw care issues too. Dog booties
are a good choice for dogs that frequently encounter rough terrain or need
extra protection due to a high activity level. They also are helpful if
a paw is already injured, as paw injuries can heal slowly, and it is nearly
impossible to keep a pet off his paws. Paw Wax is another helpful product.
It coats the paw softening and protecting it, and is helpful for pets that
skid or slip on slick floors. It also helps dogs whose paws are frequently
dry or cracked. Healthy paws help keep pets happy. Some awareness and extra
care is a great way treat your pet right.
Paw Care Supplies