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Caring for our dog's paws

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Arrived at the activity, the most important thing is to keep the pads well hydrated, wear shoes or not. Include in your daily routine the application of cream when you are already lying so that you spend the whole night with hydrated pads and if you want also in the morning before you start walking.

Regarding which product to apply, there are very good creams in the market and specific for this use like CANI SPORT, DOG SALVE or MEMFORSAN, but it may also be enough to apply a person's hand cream which are more economical, the container is small and weighs little, and in addition to that h> In addition to the hand cream you can share it as good companions, since it can serve you as after sun, moisturize your feet before walking to avoid blisters, and a long etc.

Also apply these products to the truffle (nose) if you notice dryness or cracking. Tell you to pay attention because this excessive dryness in the truffle of your dog may be (not always) because he has not drunk enough water before.

We have other items to help you decide whether to wear shoes for your dog, to choose what type of shoes are the most appropriate, or even teach him to wear them.

If you have decided to wear footwear for your pet, Think about it whenever you go to face paved sections (asphalt, concrete, sidewalks, etc.) as they are the most abrasive and in general whenever you consider it appropriate for other factors such as ice, snow, too hot ground, etc.

If you do long-distance stages, consider putting the booties on the final leg of the walk by mere prevention, since the pads soften and become irritated (they turn pink) becoming more prone to cuts than in normal conditions. As an indicative value, Flute faced 70% of the 818 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago Francà © s with its booties, and we are convinced that without them it would not have succeeded.

As soon as you arrive at your destination every day, take off your little shoes until the next day so that the pads are ventilated and possible irritations dry.

Protect the fifth finger

It is possible that like you with your boots, the footwear may cause some scratch on your dog's legs. Especially delicate and common is the problem of the fifth finger. We give you some tips on this topic:

  • Unlike you, your dog has the possibility of walking without shoes. If you notice that the chafing is excessive, let him walk without him for at least a few days to facilitate healing.
  • Many of the protective creams for the pads are also healing. In case you do not have and the wounds are not open, you can also apply normal moisturizer to promote healing.
  • Do not overtighten your booties. It's about not dropping, not strangling his legs.
  • Check out this image to prevent the fifth finger from being stuck. It is easy and fast to do, and you only need a bit of tape. Do it from the first day to avoid sores.

Tips to take care of our dog's paws

Take it to the pedicure. Caring for your dog's nails is very important. A basic rule is that your pet's nails brush the floor, since if they are too long they can cause some problems. It is best to consult with your veterinarian about what types of nail clippers are best for your dog and how you should use them correctly.

Cutout. Trimming the hair that is on the pad is something you should not stop doing. Do it regularly. First you must comb the hair and then trim it.

Clean your pads. They may get trapped certain foreign objects. That is why he regularly checks that there are no small pieces of broken glass and other debris between his fingers. If you have to eliminate some annoying element, use a pair of tweezers and do this work in an area where you have a lot of light, so that you make sure that you have extracted everything that bothered you.

Moisturize and moisturize. A dog's pads can crack and dry easily. Ask your veterinarian for a good moisturizer for pads and use it as directed.

Deep massage. As with humans, a massage in your dog's paws could not hurt because it will relax and improve your circulation. Start by massaging your pads and then continue with the rest of your leg. No doubt, your dog will thank you.

Slow and steady. If you plan to start a new exercise program with your dog, start slowly. Your legs may be sensitive or cracked. First, monitor in which state your legs are, especially if you are going to start races or long walks with your dog.

Apply first aid. It is not unusual for dogs to suffer cuts or other injuries when they accidentally step on glass, debris or other objects. Wounds that are small can be cleaned with an antibacterial soap and then, depending on the severity, they should be bandaged. In case the cut has been deep, it is best to consult your veterinarian for treatment.

Do not forget….

Imagine walking barefoot on the hot pavement, painful, right? Well, it's important to remember that your dog's legs also feel the extreme heat. To avoid burns and blisters, do not walk with your dog on hot pavement or in sand. For minor burns, wash with antibacterial soap and bandage your leg. For severe burns, visit your veterinarian immediately.

On the other hand, winter is hard on everyone's skin, even on your dog's. The cold can cause cracking of your pads. Try to avoid long walks under extreme climates. And remember that during the long winter months, some people often use salt, defrosters and other products to melt ice on the sidewalks. This could be toxic to dogs that like to lick their paws. Therefore, pay close attention to these types of toxic chemicals and After taking walks outdoors, wash your dog's paws with warm water to rinse salt or chemicals.

To reduce the risk of injury, keep your home and yard free of any type of object that could damage your pet's legs. Be aware and avoid some risks such as broken glass and other debris. Think that just as your feet can be damaged, the same happens with your dog's legs. After all, they are as vulnerable as a human foot, so they must be pampered and taken care of. You would not walk through a hot parking lot or a snow-covered field without adequate protection on your feet. The same rule you must apply for your dog.

Check and clean your pads daily

It is convenient that you clean them with soap and warm water, preventing it from being a victim of contamination, especially when you return from a walk. In this case, also note that it does not have any foreign objects between its phalanges such as broken pieces of glass or other debris.

If you have to remove an item use small tweezers and do it in a place where there is plenty of light to make sure you have removed everything that bothered you. But if you see that it is damaged, do nothing and take it to the veterinarian to take care of the extraction and healing.

Cut your nails

The first thing to remember is that within the root of each nail of your dog there are blood vessels and nerve endings that grow with the nail. So to cut them you must do it with the nail clippers that exist for this and you must know how to do it.

If you have any questions, do not do it, and take it to a professional, since it is necessary to cut them regularly because if they do not they start to bend inward, not allowing you to walk and hurt your skin.

Trim the hair

Not only should you take care of the length of the nails, but of the hair that is in the pad. To perform this task, you must comb it and then trim carefully.

It is also necessary, of course, to trim the hair of the rest of the leg. This is usually done when you take it to the hairdresser. But you can also do it if you see that it is very long.

Moisturizes and moisturizes the skin of your pads

This area, being in permanent contact with all types of surfaces, can easily crack and dry. Because of this you can consult with your veterinarian to tell you what type of canine moisturizer or cream you can use.

You can also use olive or coconut oil or simply petroleum jelly that are natural moisturizers and will not harm your four-legged friend.

Protect it from extreme climates

If you keep in mind that the pads are like the soles of the feet and the palms of our hands, it is not hard for you to imagine that they are prone to suffer from the extreme cold and heat. Therefore, you should be careful in choosing the right time to go for a walk with your dog.

In summer the hot pavement, the sand, the stones can cause burns. If they are mild you can treat them with antibacterial soap and bandage their leg. If they are serious, you should see the veterinarian immediately to treat it, as these types of injuries can become infected.

You can avoid this by leaving early in the morning or at sunset, when the sun's rays have gone down.

In winter, extreme cold can cause cracking of your pads. It can also be complicated with salt and defrosters, which many people place to melt the snow.

To avoid these problems you can put adhesive pads, shoes or disposable booties.

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Have you ever imagined what would happen if you did not have the protection of your shoes to develop your day to day? How do you think your feet would end after an extensive walk or an intense game day? Could you resist high asphalt temperatures on hot days?

You may not have asked those questions, but you do pay close attention to the care of your feet, as they are an important part of your body.

The same goes for your dog's. Their legs often go unnoticed before our eyes and we only pay attention to them when there are lamenesses or manifest pain in one of their limbs.

Here we will tell you what are the main care you should have so that your furry friend remains healthy and can continue to accompany him during walks, exercise, games, etc.

Before talking about the care of the legs, it is worth knowing about the anatomy and physiology of the limbs of our pets.
Contrary to what is believed, the legs not only serve to support the entire body, its functions go beyond locomotion.

Dogs are digitigrade animals, that is, body weight is held on your fingers and not on your heels, as in the plantigrades, this makes the fingers extremely important and also gives them the characteristic of being faster and stealthier.

Most hairy have five fingers on each of their front legs and four on the back, for a total of 18. However, in some dogs or breeds, the sum can reach 20 or 22, since fingers can occur internal, better known as spurs, that although they do not have a certain function (so in some cases they are removed), they are said to be vestiges of thumbs.

The typical footprint of the dog is given by the digital pads and the palmar or plantar pad. These structures would be like the sole of our shoes, since they protect the bones of the leg, by cushioning the impact of the passage, even when they walk on sharp, rough or rough surfaces, they isolate from extreme temperatures and, also, they help dissipate heat, because they have sweat glands that cool while avoiding dryness.

In addition, on their front legs, dogs have an extra pad (the carpal pad), which helps as a brake and allows them to ride more quietly on slippery or steep floors.

Step by step care

To maintain the health of your pet's limbs, it is necessary to constantly check and care for the condition of the legs.

Protected Pads

1. Before taking walks or any physical activity, prefer the green areas or check the surface of the ground to avoid extreme cold or heat and thus not generate
burns or blisters.
Also, it is important to ensure that the floor is free of glass, cans, gum or other objects that can cause cuts or discomfort.

2. After the ride, It is important to check and clean your legs with soap and water to remove any foreign objects that may cause damage. Dry the legs very well to avoid fungus.

3. The intensity of the exercise should gradually increase so that the tracks become accustomed, it is convenient to alternate the physical exercise on different surfaces (grass, pavement, water, etc.), in this way the pad will cool and rest when stepping on different textures.

4.A good massage on the pads will allow you to relax and rest, and better with a specialized moisturizer, It will keep your skin healthy while decreasing dryness.

Interdigital hair trim

1. In some races, the hair that is in the middle of the fingers tends to grow excessively, causing tangles or dermatitis. To avoid this, keep the hair in this area short, clean and dry.

Usually, nails are filed against rough surfaces when taking walks outdoors, however, if you notice that a nail is growing too much, perhaps it is time for a cut.

Already in specialized stores or veterinary medical centers can find specific nail clippers for dogs. Ask your veterinarian to teach you how to do the process, before trying to do it on your own at home.

GABRIEL GARCÍA
Veterinarian
Twitter: @nosoyesegabo

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