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A dedicated pup parent goes all out for their furry friend, and of course, that includes not only dog paw care, but also caring for other more sensitive fleshy bits.
To reference the children’s song: “Remember the mouth, tummy, nose and paws, nose and paws?” Dogs are no different.
These areas are rather exposed, so they’ll benefit from extra attention and protective measures whether you treat them routinely or only from time to time.
Contents & Quick Navigation
- Why Is It Important to Take Care of Your Dog’s Paws?
- How to Prevent Paw Infections
- How to Treat Dog Paw Infections
- Why Is It Important to Take Care of Your Dog’s Snout?
- How to Take Care of Your Dog’s Snout
- Final Thoughts
Why Is It Important to Take Care of Your Dog’s Paws?
While humans get shoes and cars get tires, pets only get one set of feet. Your dog’s paws are meant for a lifetime of service and toughen up as they grow older, although there are exceptions and limits.
Here are a few things you should know about your dog’s paw.
Not all Paws are Created Equal
Different dogs will have different paw pad textures on a spectrum between rough and smooth. Indoor dogs that go on short walks won’t have paws that match up to those of a working dog as an example.
That indoor dog will be more sensitive to hot and cold surfaces and could more easily sustain a minor paw injury.
No Paw is Indestructible
Even the most outdoorsy canine can freeze or burn its paws when conditions get too extreme. And, unless you live somewhere with incredibly mild weather, “too extreme” is probably your reality for several months of the year.
Just because your dog hasn’t complained doesn’t mean they aren’t uncomfortable – it’s your responsibility to account for that.
All Paws can be Better after Dog Paw Care
Dog paw moisturizers and soothe spray aren’t simply for the downtrodden, the cracked and the chapped and the visibly blemished. Incorporate them into the occasional doggie spa day. Pamper that good boy.
If you use a skin care regimen of your own, try not to think of it too differently for your pooch. A dog paw moisturizer, in addition to healing a troubled paw, can also improve pads over time, prevent avoidable future damage, and give you another way to show Fido some TLC.
Soothe sprays are more suitable for problem spots, but in moderation can be used for upkeep and prevention as well.
How to Prevent Paw Infections
One risk when letting your dog’s paws roam free without moisturizing is a heightened chance of infection.
Aside from one less layer of protection, soft or cracking pads are both be susceptible to punctures. Small wounds like that make it much easier for all the germs and environments a dog encounters to harm them.
Even if you’ve never had a dog with a paw infection, the malady isn’t uncommon. Help keep them safe by applying hydrating balms beforehand that nourish paw pad skin and make it a little more resilient.
Good grooming habits help, too. Obviously, your dog’s feet live a rough and tumble lifestyle, but try to keep the fur on their paws trimmed, detangled, and manageable.
This way, you can more easily see what’s going on and do regular sanitization and clean up.
How to Treat Dog Paw Infections
In case of an unfortunate bout of paw infection, the treatment and next steps will ultimately depend on the circumstances. But, there are a few constants to keep in mind.
Treating an infection, or possible infection begins with awareness and careful examination. If you see any these warning signs, you should probably check all of your dog’s paws for problems:
- Limping or otherwise putting reduced pressure on the foot
- Sudden, prolonged biting or licking
- Obvious visual cues like swelling, discharge, or injury in the area
- Crying out or pulling away as you go to check the foot
If there is any small debris lodged in your dog’s paw, something like a splinter or object caught between their toes, remove it first. Anything larger or more obtrusive should be left where you see it, and you should bring the dog to a veterinarian or animal emergency room to be treated.
Follow that route if your particular situation makes you uncomfortable, or you are unsure how to proceed.
After removing foreign objects, stop any bleeding by applying pressure, and treat the area by washing and disinfecting it with a dog-safe, nontoxic mixture or store-bought spray.
Then thoroughly dry and dress the wound by wrapping it with cloth or bandages.
This can be relatively effective for minor troubles, to prevent serious infection, or as a holdover, if something occurs outside your vet office’s hours.
A trip to your veterinarian is the absolute best way to treat any lingering or full-blown problems, however, and get your dog on any necessary antibiotics.
Why Is It Important to Take Care of Your Dog’s Snout?
It might not carry Fido’s swift feet, but the snout is the powerhouse of a dog. Their noses are powerful multitaskers, aiding temperature regulation, and handling all-important sniffing duties.
The snout’s natural state tends to be cool and damp, and you may have heard it’s a red flag for your dog to sport a dry nose.
That’s only the case for extended periods of time or accompanied by other symptoms. Their noses become naturally dry after sleeping or when they’re a little dehydrated.
Still, a dog snout can become irritated from sunburn or frostbite just like their feet, and cracked skin on the nose is always troublesome.
Address these issues with a snout soother to keep your dog snuffling happily along, breathing properly, and not causing continued aggravation of a reversible irritation.
How to Take Care of Your Dog’s Snout
Unless you notice a pattern of problems, your dog’s snout probably isn’t having too bad a time. Unlike paws, an average dog nose won’t toughen up with use and require healing care.
A happy dog nose is just one that you keep an eye on and sparingly dab with a little paw and nose balm, as you might dab sunscreen on your own nose when going outside all day.
Paw moisturizers will work effectively enough for a snout in these cases.
For dry, cracked, or seemingly irritated noses, resort specifically to a snout soother. They still work on paws and any other skin, but they’re meant to calm and alleviate.
They offer relief while reducing inflammation, and will get any doggie noses quickly on the path to recovery even when dealing with recurring allergies.
Dog care and dog grooming products are plentiful and varied. Look around online for brands that are often referred, or at least well reviewed with reliable, tested results.
Paw and snout products, in particular, will be absorbed by your dog’s skin and undoubtedly licked up by that big sloppy tongue. You want to aim for balms and sprays with fewer and all natural ingredients whenever possible.
If your pet has specific needs or you’re looking for specific benefits, there are many different options and specialty brands. Some try to create a nice smell and taste; others offer a neutral one.
Some utilize CBD or hemp oil. There are lotions and creams and smooth, dry balms for all your texture needs.
As with any such purchase, research and knowledge are key in choosing your dog care and dog grooming products. Be an informed consumer — especially when your furry buddy will be consuming this product as well.
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