We all know, feet are made for walking and a dog and cats are no different; but did you know your pet’s paws are also made for protecting? Yep, his pads are there to provide extra cushioning to help protect his bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather conditions, aid him while he’s walking on rough terrain and help protect tissue deep within his paw. With all that hard work to do, it’s no wonder your cat and dog’s paws often take a bit of a battering.
So, if you love your pet and want to keep his paws in tip top condition, take a look at my tips below. Your pet will be ever so grateful.
Rock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infections and blistering to your dog and cat’s paws. Toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog and cat when he licks his paws. After your pet has been outside, wash your paws in warm water to rinse away salt and chemicals.
Foreign Objects: Items such as pebbles, small shards of broken glass, pieces of ice and other debris can become lodged in your pet’s pads. These can usually be removed safely and gently using a tweezers. If in doubt, call your vet.
Get out the Moisturiser:
Your pet’s paw pads can become cracked and dry. Ask your vet to prescribe a veterinary moisturiser – do not use a human one – and massage into your pet’s paws. Start by rubbing and massaging the veterinary moisturiser between the pads on the bottom of the paw and then move between each toe. For Dogs only Vaseline is also a great barrier against salt so rub it onto your dog’s paws before each walk. Cats may lick the Vaseline so you need to ask your vet if it is ok to use on cats or ask them what they would recommend for cats.