Dog Paw Problems
It is quite common to see dogs jumping, running and playing about in parks, backyards, at the beach or just about anywhere. The pads of a dog’s paw are just as soft as a human’s foot and they feel the exact same pain as we do. Therefore, dog paw problems have become a common occurrence, causing severe pain and distress at times. As these dog paw problems progress and become worse, they can cause a normally gentle dog to become aggressive or even sad and depressed. Therefore, it is important to check and clean your dog’s paw regularly, to avoid the risks of a dog paw infection as well as prevent other paw related problems from getting worse. Some of the most common dog paw problems are:
- Fractured or torn nails: This normally occurs when your dog catches his nail on something. It could be a very painful condition and should only be treated by an experienced vet. Never try to remove the nail on your own. Unless the trauma to the nail bed was extremely harsh, the nail should eventually grow back.
- Chewing or biting the paw: If you do notice your pet licking, biting or trying to chew on his paw, it could be a sign of an allergy. The assistance of a vet is required to determine exactly what your dog is allergic to.
- Dry or cracked paw pads: If a dog’s paws feel too dry or look like they are developing cracks, apply some moisturizer to the dog’s paws. However, this should not be done too often, or else the paw pads will become too soft and sensitive, leading to further problems.
- Cuts on the paw: Cuts on the pads of the paw are quite common for dogs that run around on uneven terrain. If you do notice any cut, you need to wash them out and apply an antiseptic ointment on them. In order to prevent your pet from licking the wound, it is best to wrap some gauze around it and cover it with a sock. However, if the cut is too large or deep, is should be examined by a vet.
- Long toenails: A dog’s toenails should be trimmed regularly and this can be done at home, at a vet or at a dog grooming salon. Shorter toenails help the dog walk more comfortably.
- Foreign objects being lodged in the paw: Objects like seeds, burrs, dried mud and fur can often be found stuck, between the dog’s toes or within the pad. These objects should be removed very carefully, to avoid causing further damage.
- Inter-digital cysts: These refer to the lumps that can form between the paw pads of your dog.
There are several other forms of dog paw infection and sores that could affect the paws of your dog. In case you notice any infection, sore or problem on your dog’s paws, please consult a veterinarian immediately.