Clean The Paws With Vinegar
As stated earlier, vinegar, used in conjunction with apple-cider can be effective for treating yeast infections on doggie paws. And vinegar can also be used to clean a dog’s paws to get rid of bacteria.
A solution mixed in the ratio of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and when applied to the affected area, is effective at making your dog’s paws inhabitable for bacteria. And coupled with its disinfecting capabilities, vinegar solution gets rid of inflammation and redness typically associated with an infected paw.
Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has special anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and when mixed with a solution of apple cider and vinegar, can be quite effective at eliminating bacteria from a doggie’s paws.
As an added advantage, you won’t have to worry about your pooch licking some of the coconut oil, as it is highly beneficial to a doggie’s health.
Special Disinfectant Wipes
Another way to keep your dog’s paw bacteria-free is by cleaning the paws with pooch-specific disinfectant wipes. And as an alternative to these special dog wipes, you can also clean your furry friend’s paws with baby wipes, Clorox wipes and other moist wipes labelled safe for dog use.
However, before choosing a doggie wipe for your furry friend, you should carry out appropriate research to ensure it doesn’t contain dog allergens.
Make Use Of Dog Boots
If you’ll rather be proactive, wearing special doggie boots for your furry friend, when going on walks, is one way of minimizing your dog’s contact with dirt and bacteria.
And in addition to reducing the amount of dirt your doggie’s paws come in contact with, doggie boots also help protect your furry friend’s feet against extreme weather conditions.
What Shouldn’t You Rub On Your Dog’s Paws?
Hand sanitizers are the go-to option for disinfecting human hands, but you should steer clear of using a hand sanitizer on your dog’s paw. Hand sanitizer, when absorbed through a doggie’s paw, can be toxic to the pooch.
Additionally, hand sanitizers can crack a dog’s skin, leaving the door wide open to even more irritants.
And in the event that your dear fido ingests some of the sanitizer, you may be faced with a sudden medical emergency.
Alcohol is useful for killing bacteria, but to be on the safer side, you should also avoid applying products containing rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol on your doggie’s paws.
Isopropyl alcohol has a drying effect on delicate dog skin, and if ingested in large amounts or inhaled, can irritate the respiratory system, cause nausea and vomiting or even induce coma in your dog!