Doggy Paw Care

Does your dog know how to Shake Paw? Does Fido put his paw on your leg when he wants your attention? These classic canine habits are super cute! They’re also a great reminder to take care of your pup’s paws. A Marietta, GA vet offers some great doggy paw care tips below.

Clipping

Don’t let your pup’s paw pads get too long! Overgrown paw pads can be very problematic for our canine buddies! Long claws are just as uncomfortable for dogs as long toenails are for us. Fido may change his gait to compensate. This can put a lot of stress on his bones and joints. Your pooch will also have a harder time getting traction on slippery surfaces if his nails are too long. Plus, he’ll be at greater risk of tearing a nail, which can be painful and can even lead to infections. If you aren’t comfortable trimming your dog’s nails yourself, just give us a call to schedule a quick pawdicure.

Paw Pads

Dogs have very delicate paw pads. Fido can easily get painful burns and abrasions by walking or running on hot or harsh surfaces. You’ll need to take extra care after your pup has been swimming, as your pet’s feet will be extra delicate after they’ve been immersed in water. If your furry pal doesn’t care for shoes, use paw balm or wax to protect his paws. We also recommend getting pet-safe de-icing materials in winter.

Fur Trims

Does your pooch have those adorable tufts of fur growing between his toes? You may want to trim these. It’s very easy for Fido to get gunk matted up in his toe fur. This can be quite uncomfortable for him!

Paws For Inspection

Get into the habit of checking your dog’s paws regularly. You’ll want to check for heat, swelling, cuts, and insect bites. Watch for ticks as well: they sometimes latch on to Fido’s toes. A minor scratch can be treated with antiseptic, but call your vet for anything more than that.

Tips

Does your pet hate having his paws handled? Teach Fido that he’ll get a yummy treat for giving you his furry foot. Once your canine friend begins to associate pawdicures with snacks, he may become much less wary of them!

Please contact us, your Marietta, GA veterinary hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!