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Doggy Paw Care Tips

Does your dog know cute tricks like Shake or Gimme Paw? Does Fido do a little dance of joy when you come home, or when he wants you to walk him or play with him? Your pet’s furry feet play a crucial role in these day-to-day doggy activities, so taking good care of them is very important! Read on as a Murrieta, CA vet discusses caring for Fido’s paws.

Nail Trims

Make sure to keep Fido’s claws trimmed. Overgrown nails can be very uncomfortable for dogs, just as ingrown toenails are for us. Your furry pal may change his stride to compensate, which will put extra stress on his bones and joints. Over time, this can even contribute to painful bone/joint problems, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. If you are nervous about trimming your four-legged pal’s claws yourself, consider investing in a set of clippers with sensors. These will take the guesswork out of figuring out where to cut. You can also just call us to set up a quick pawdicure appointment for your pup.

Training

Does Fido hate having his feet handled? Teach him that he’ll get a yummy treat when he gives you his paw. Chances are, your canine companion will have a change of heart before long!

Heat Protection

Fido’s paw pads are very sensitive. Your pooch can get painful burns and abrasions by running around on hot or harsh surfaces, such as sand and asphalt. Dogs’ feet are extra delicate when they’re wet, so take special care with your canine buddy after he’s been swimming. We recommend using paw balm or wax to protect your pup’s paws. Also, when it’s really hot out, walk your dog in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler.

Paw Checks

Take time to inspect your dog’s paws regularly. You’ll want to look for signs of injury, such as swelling and bumps. Check between Fido’s toes for foreign objects, as pebbles and other objects can get stuck in your dog’s paws. Keep an eye out for ticks as well. If you see a light nick, you can treat it yourself with antiseptic, but contact your vet for anything worse than that. You definitely don’t want to risk your furry buddy getting a paw infection!

Please feel free to contact us, your Murrieta, CA pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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