8 Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Paws

Feb 26 , 2020

8 Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Paws

Wipe their paws off when they enter your house

Make sure you wipe your dog’s paws off when they come inside. In the winter, this will help get ice, salt, and snow out of their paws. In the summer, it’ll keep mud and dirt out of their paws.

If these small particles stay in their paws or fur, it will lead to irritation, cuts, or frostbite. Remove it promptly as soon as they enter your house.

Don’t let them stay outside long

In the winter especially, don't let your dog stay outside for long periods of time. When dog paws are cold and in snow for too long, the toes and pads could suffer from frostbite. This will result in irreversible damage. Only let them run around for a couple minutes and keep an eye on them.

Have them wear snow boots with traction

The best paw protectors are snow boots. Putting boots on your pup is the best way to protect their puppy paws. Wearing dog paw covers will prevent ice and salt from getting trapped between their toes and keep their paws warm in the cold weather.

You could also use dog paw wax for light dog paw protection.

Don’t walk them on hot asphalt

If the pavement is too hot for you to walk on barefoot, it’s too hot for the pads on the bottom of your dog’s foot. Hot pavement causes burns, blisters, and pain.

Avoid walking them on pavement during hot days. Instead, try to keep their walk over sand or grass. These surfaces are usually cooler in temperature and help to cool them down.

Examine their paws after walks

Make sure you examine your dog’s feet after walking with them. Although you may watch where your dog is walking, small pieces of glass or sticks are difficult to see but could cause pain and cut pads. 

Walk them during cool temperatures

In the summer, to avoid the hot pavement and overheating, walk your dog in the morning,  evening, or the nighttime when the sun is gone and the temperatures are cooler. Make sure these walks are short and you provide them lots of water afterwards. You can add in indoor play to keep them exercised. 

Trim their nails

Dog’s nails can become overgrown and are more likely to break and cause pain. It can even lead to infection. 

Walking your dog on pavement naturally trims your dog’s nails. However, if this is not the case, you’ll need to trim their nails yourself or have a groomer do it.

Regularly check their paws

Checking your dog’s paws regularly to catch any potential issues as early as possible. If the paws or the pads are red, it could be an early sign of infection. You're also more likely to notice torn dog pads before an infection occurs or you'll notice if your pup has dry, cracked pads that require hydrating.

Dog’s spend a significant portion of their time on their paws and they put their full weight on their paws. Create a routine of checking their paws so you know what foot protection measures you should take.