If your pet’s feet get wet, but no dirt, salt, or chemicals came in contact with the foot, you can just dry the foot with a towel, Lopes says.
Make sure you get the pad area of the foot dry. Just squeeze each foot a couple of times with a clean towel to get most of the water off if your pet comes in wet from the winter weather.
Use a towel to dry off the feet after a rainy walk or after bathing as well, no need to track water all over the house.
For longer-haired breeds, Adler recommends keeping the hair between the pads and around the sides of the foot short to prevent the accumulation of debris.
It is not recommended to trim your own dog’s pad hair since the skin in the area is very delicate and you do not want to nick a pad. If owners are comfortable and their dog is compliant, it is OK to trim around the feet or legs, but stay away from the pads and leave that to a professional.
One note of caution: Closely shaving around the pads and toes is not a good idea. Shaved paws will result in direct exposure to corrosive salt against the bare skin, causing irritation that will induce the dog to lick and clean its paws.
Clean Up Cuts
After a walk, always check your dog’s paws for cuts, abrasions, and blisters. Although they may start out as minor wounds, they can rapidly develop an infection if untreated.
If the wound is severe or appears infected, you should consult your veterinarian. But if it is minor and can be addressed at home, start by washing the paw with warm water to ensure that all debris is removed, she suggests. Then clean the area with a diluted antiseptic.
After cleaning, dry the paw and apply a small amount of antiseptic or antibacterial spray or lotion that is labeled for use in pets. You can cover the wound with a pad, Payne says, but keep in mind that these won’t always stay on as your dog runs around or goes out again.
Now get out and enjoy the Springtime walks!
Or, let one of our trained walkers handle them for you!
We will always practice paw cleanliness and never bring the mud into your home.
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