Caring For Cracked Canine Paws

Most people walk countless steps each and every day, and to do that you depend on your feet. If your feet were sore and painful, walking anywhere would suddenly become extremely challenging. So if your dog’s paws become cracked and uncomfortable, their quality of life can quickly diminish. Walks suddenly become a chore, even getting up for food can be debilitating. This article will identify some of the causes of cracked paws and offer guidance on how to care for your dog’s wounded feet. So, don’t let your dog suffer in silence, utilize the straightforward, practical solutions outlined in this article to keep your dog fit and healthy.

Causes of Cracked Paws

Any number of things can cause paw problems in your dog, but thankfully, most problems quickly reveal themselves. One common cause is an injury picked up while roaming around the house, yard and, on walks. If your dog is limping or you can see blood, they may well have a cut, puncture or splinter, after stepping on anything from thorns to glass.

Allergies are the other common cause of cracked paws. Your dog could be allergic to pollen, mites, or mold. All of which can cause irritation, inflammation, and pain. If you do notice any paw problems, your local vet will be able to help you identify the cause and treat the problem.

The Impossible Clean

Cracked paws can occur as a result of any of the above reasons, but identifying the problem early will massively increase the chances of rapid recovery. As soon as you notice a limp, blood, pain or discomfort, you need to try and keep the area as clean as possible to prevent infection. Cracked and open skin becomes a hot spot for bacteria and infections to develop. Infections can cause serious problems and spread throughout the body if not treated.

While keeping your dog’s paws clean may seem like an impossible task, it is vital you try where you can. Simply applying a mild soap and water solution to the problem area frequently could make a significant difference. Alternatively, applying a mild antiseptic regularly will help keep infections at bay.

Creams and Ointments

Your vet may well suggest a range of different creams and ointments to help tackle cracked paws. These products can be bought online, at your local vet’s, and from a number of other shops. The creams and ointments work to help moisturize and nourish paws back to health. They will need to be applied directly and regularly to cracks.

It is important to note that once your dog’s paws are fully healed you should stop using the cream and ointments. Excessive use can soften the paws too much, making them more at risk to injuries and further cracks, a point that was carefully re-iterated in a California State University ‘Dog Therapy Report’.

Key Points

While humans put on shoes to protect their feet from the elements, dogs have to make do with their built-in footwear. When your dog’s paws get dry, cracked and sore, your pooch can quickly become immobile. He won’t want to walk, could go off his food, and his quality of life will be seriously dampened. Fortunately, your vet can help identify the cause and help you care for cracked paws, suggesting creams, ointments and keeping those paws as clean as possible.

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