Our pooches paws may be tough, but unfortunately they are not invincible. Following on from our bout of Artic type weather, your dog’s paws may need some extra TLC. With proper treatment, paws which are at the start of cracking, and are uninfected should be able to heal within one to two weeks. If paws are very cracked, look infected or you have any concerns, please contact your vet immediately.
While the bitterly cold weather is here, keep checking every part of your dog’s paws and in between the pads for any sign of cracking.
Start treating paws even before they have a chance to become cracked.
Every time your dog has been anywhere with ice or snow or in places that may have been salted, bathe their paws with warm water.
Be sure to remove all signs of salt, ice and snow.
Be vigilant doing this as there may also be invisible ice melting chemicals which are highly toxic.
After bathing, ensure all parts of the paws are dry.
Massage in non-toxic and natural softening products such as a shea butter, coconut oil or specific pad moisturisers (which can be bought in pet shops).
While rubbing in the lotion give the dog a paw massage by rubbing between the pads and up in between each toe.
Do not use moisturisers or lotions meant for humans.