Caring for your dog’s paws is a vital consideration, especially in winter months. Road and sidewalk salt can cause serious damage to even the toughest dogger’s paw pads.
Your dog’s paws should be rough, to enhance traction and enable your dog to run and play, but dry, cracked paws can be extremely painful for your dog. Treat paws when they are dry to help prevent cracking – don’t let them get cracked, because not only are they painful for your poor 4 legged pal, but dirt and debris in the cracks can actually cause an infection!
If you live in an area with cold, snowy winters, or if you live in a dry, dusty climate, check your dog’s paws daily for dryness. Make it part of the morning or evening routine; it’ll help you stay on top of your dog’s paw health, and it’ll also help your dog become accustomed to people handling his paws!