You can prevent your dog’s paws from becoming sore by protecting the pooch from coming in contact with hot and harsh surfaces, dog-proofing your home against harmful substances, familiarizing yourself with substances your pooch is allergic to, carrying out regular paw checks and by handling your dog with care.
It is said that ‘prevention is better than cure’. And by putting certain protective measures in place for your pooch, the possibility of the doggie’s paws getting sore and inflamed will reduce considerably.
Protect Your Pooch From Harsh Surfaces
By all means possible, you should avoid taking your dog for walks on harsh road surfaces, especially when the weather is considerably hot.
If, however, you must walk your dog when the weather is unfavorable, you can employ the use of special doggie boots to protect your furry friend’s paw pads from the blistering surfaces.
Minimize Your Dog’s Exposure To Harmful Objects
Dogs are curious by nature, and understandably, it may be difficult to keep track of where your pooch is at all times. But by all means, you should ensure that your furry friend’s immediate environment is clear of objects that can be a source of danger.
Keep your house’s floor clear of sharp objects that can potentially cause harm to your pooch. And when your dog is playing outside, you should closely supervise its play and also scan for, and clear the surroundings of objects that can hurt the pooch’s paws.
Insect bites are typically more difficult to avoid, but if you’re aware of nests, hives or anthills in your environment, remove them before your pooch comes in contact with them.
Get Familiar With Your Dog’s Allergies
The list of dog allergies is endless – insect bites, pollen, dust mites, food ingredients, and so on. But by keeping a close eye on your pooch and working closely with your vet whenever your dog has an allergic reaction, you can draw up a list of things that your furry friend is allergic to, and subsequently keep the pooch away from them.
Regular Paw Checks
By regularly examining your dog’s paws, especially after the pooch has been playing outside or after intense exercising, you can promptly detect injuries and also notice the occurrence of paw infections at an early stage. And it is this that will assist you to provide the medical care needed to prevent your pooch’s paw health from degenerating.
Regular Nail Grooming
As we’ve stated earlier, overgrown toenails inflict pain and cause sore dog paws; Hence, you shouldn’t wait until your pooch’s nails become too long before you trim them.
The frequency with which you trim your dog’s toenails is largely dependent on its breed, how active the dog is, and the rate of growth of the nails. But generally, a monthly trim should be enough to keep your dog’s toenails in check.
Handle Your Dog With Care
Sore paw pads caused by trauma inflicted by accidentally stepping on your pooch can be avoided by being more careful around, and avoiding stepping on your furry friend, especially when you’re together in a cramped room.
However, accidents happen, and if you mistakenly step on your fido, then you should immediately examine its paws for signs of injury, and promptly provide the necessary medical attention if you observe any injuries.