5 Steps to Treating Injured Paw Pads

Like human feet, dog’s paws are also prone to injuries like burns or small cuts.

Taking good care of your dog’s paws will really help them keeping good health. Unlike us, dogs don’t normally wear protection for their paws so it’s better to be reminded to avoid hot surfaces or trails with small gravel as these might wound your dog’s paws.

We posted something similar before covering general care for your dog’s paws.

Below, we’ve listed 5 tips on good care for your dog’s paw pads especially when they get cuts or blisters. Keep this in mind the next time you go for walks, or just your general grooming sessions:

Things you’ll need:

  • Soap
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Pet-safe moisturizer
  • Dog nail clipper


1. …If the skin is cut, wash the paw gently with soap and water, dry thoroughly and dab on a little antibiotic cream such as Neosporin.


2. Moisturize your dog’s paw pads with a pet-safe moisturizer (do not use human lotions). Dryness and cracking are usually caused by overuse or walking on rough pavement but can also be a sign of an underlying problem such as allergies. If your dog is also licking his paws frequently and scratching his ears, suspect allergies and take him to the vet for treatment.


3. …Take your dog walking in grassy areas or on dirt and try to avoid small gravel, as it can become stuck in your dog’s paw pads and cause pain and irritation. If the weather is particularly hot, don’t walk your dog on blacktop or cement because it can literally become hot enough to burn. Sand can also become too hot and can cause injuries because of its instability. If you take your dog to walk on a beach, walk him near the water’s edge, where the sand has a bit more stability and the water cools it down.


4. Have your dog’s nails trimmed regularly. Nails that are too long will make a clicking noise when your dog is walking and, if left untrimmed, can catch on fabric or cause gait problems. Nails that are left to grow too long also break off more easily and bleed because the vein inside the nail also grows longer without regular trimming…


5. Wash your dog’s paws frequently, especially if he has been walking on salt-covered surfaces. If your dog is prone to allergies, washing his paws will prevent allergens from being ingested through licking and will keep them out of the house. In the winter, consider using dog boots to protect your dog’s paw pads from both the elements and salt…

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