To be able to remedy your dog's rough paw pads, first, you need to look at what could be causing it! read on to find out more...
What Could be Causing Rough Paw Pads?
First, let's look at the climate you and your pup call home... If you live in a hot climate there's a good chance that your pups precious paw pads are exposed to even greater temperatures when they're walking on the hot pavement, this heat can really dry them out, damaged them and cause them to feel very rough!
If you want to find out about the effects of summer on your pup's pads in more detail, check out the blog post.
On the other hand, in the UK we have cold, harsh winter conditions some pooches are exposed to, and these climates come with their own set of issues!
Firstly, the salt that's spread to help us walk when its icy isn't so helpful for our pups! It can get stuck between the paw pads which can cause irritation and contact burns it can also chap them, a big factor in causing rough paw pads!
The chemicals found in deicers can also cause damage to the pads, drying them out further. For a more in-depth look at the how winter can damage dog paws, check out the blog.
Although your dog may seem like they can go forever, overworking them can lead to damaged paw pads, this is especially true if your dog isn't used to walking such long distances... an overworked paw pad is a rough paw pad! You need to work with your dog to build up resilience and work up to those longer hikes!
What Can You Do About It?
The first thing you can do is get into the habit of using an amazing protective dog paw balm such as Soft Paws! The active ingredients within 'Soft Paws' start by nourishing and moisturising your dog's dry paw pads, this helps to soften them and makes them much more spongy and resilient, allowing them to deal with harsher conditions and will bring them back up to strength after a long walk!
Next, the healing essential oils in 'Soft Paws' paw balm along with the antiseptic and antibacterial properties will help take care and keep clean any little cuts or scratches your dog's paw pads, this will reduce the likelihood that those little cuts and scratches will become infected and turn into something more sinister.
The active ingredients may work fantastically well...but they also smell great! This means your dog is going to want to lick it off, but don't worry, not only is 'Soft Paws' paw balm completely 'Lick Safe', the beeswax forms a protective barrier, helping to keep it in place whilst working to attract and hold on to moisture.
Once you have your paw balm regime in place, the next things you can do to keep your pup's paws safe are all changes in behaviour.
- Firstly, in winter make sure to keep your dog's paws nicely groomed, including the little hairs in between the toes and the length of the nails.
- In Summer, avoid hot pavements where you can (if it's too hot for you to leave the back of your hand on the pavement for 30 seconds then it's too hot for your dog!)
- Also, avoid walking in the middle of the day when it will be hottest and stick to grass and shaded areas where you can.
- If you've been out for a long walk, give your pup's paws a rinse and wipe to get rid of any little rocks or bits of grit that could be trapped between the paw pads.
Following these simple little rules will help you keep your dog's paws healthy and working like they should!
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