Paw and pad care

Pads provide extra cushioning which help protect your dogs bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather, aid walking on rough ground and help protect tissue deep within the paw. With all that work to do, it’s no wonder your dogs paws take a bit of a beating. You can help you dog maintain their paws and pads by following these simple steps:

Nail trimming

Your dog's nails should just about touch the ground when they walk. If their nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it's time for a nail trim. Ask your veterinarian for advice about what types of nail trimmers are best for your dog and how to use them correctly.

Trim paw hair    

If your dog has long hair, then trim paw hair regularly to avoid painful matting. Simply comb hair out, especially from between the toes, and trim to an even length with the pads.
    
Check and clean

Foreign objects can become lodged in your dogs pads and between their toes, so check regularly. Objects like small stones, thorns etcetera can usually be removed with a pair of tweezers.
    
Moisturise

A dog's pads can become cracked and dry. Ask your veterinarian for a good pad moisturiser and use as directed. Although not a  moisturiser Vaseline ( original ) also works well. This is the product that I use on my own dog. Rather than  moisturise it locks moisture in. I know of a lot of dog owners that use this product. It's a safe product to use and has been around for more than 140 years.
    
Slow and Steady

If you’re about to begin a new exercise program with your dog, start off slow. Paws may become sensitive, chaffed or cracked, particularly when starting your dog out on hikes and runs.
    
Summertime Sores

It is important to remember that dog paws feel heat extremes too. To prevent burns and blisters, avoid walking your dog on hot pavements or sand where possible.
    
Wintertime care

Winter is hard on everyone’s skin, even your dogs! Bitter cold can cause chapping and cracking. Rock salt can cause sores, infection and blistering. After outdoor walks, wash your dog’s paws in warm water to rinse away salt and other chemicals.