Tips on Dog Paw Care

It’s up to you to make sure your dog stays healthy. That includes the paws! Keep your dog’s feet safe and sound with these tips from a Columbia, MD veterinarian.

Paw Checks

Once a week or so, sit down with your dog and give each paw a thorough once-over. Take note of any objects stuck between the toes or embedded in the paw pads; it’s easy for twigs, pebbles, bits of plastic or metal, and other items to get stuck there. If you find anything amiss, let your veterinarian know.

Nail Trims

Nail trims are a key part of good paw care. When a dog’s nails are allowed to become too long and sharp, they can catch in carpets or fracture painfully. Use a canine-specific nail trimmer to blunt the tip of each of your dog’s nails. If you would like a professional’s touch, contact your veterinarian’s office.

Seasonal Hazards

When it’s hot outside, asphalt can heat up quickly and burn a pet’s paw pads. Avoid blacktop driveways and lots whenever possible. In the winters, antifreeze and road salt can be tracked on the paws, so avoid icy surfaces as well.

Ask your Pet Clinic Columbia, MD for more paw-care tips.