A common misconception is that dog’s paws are naturally dry and rough, but this is not the case. Healthy paws are smooth, spongy, hydrated and flexible.
Dog paws are very strong and durable. They are able to withstand the elements and they can handle a great deal of activity. Their thick layer of cushion helps protect bones and joints by absorbing shock when your pooch walks and runs. However, dog’s paws can often become dry and if left untreated, dry paw pads can lead to: cracking, bleeding, a loss of the outer layer of paw skin and a great deal of discomfort for your pooch. Dry paws can also cause your pooch to obsessively lick their paws which in turn makes them more susceptible to loss of grip and injury.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR POOCH’S PAWS
- Check your pooch’s paws regularly – when they’re sleeping or relaxing. By checking regularly you’ll learn what is normal and you will be more likely to pick up on a problem early.
- Handle each paw gently but firmly, as too light a touch will tickle.
- Look for any dryness, cracking or lesions on your pooch’s paw pads and the surrounding areas.
- Carefully look and feel between each paw pad to check for prickles/thorns, clumps of dirt, pebbles, sand or other debris. Gently remove anything that shouldn’t be there.
- If you dog winces while you’re handling their paws, it may be a sign they have an injury that needs care i.e. a bruise or scratch.
PROTECT, REPAIR AND NOURISH DRY PAWS
Just like our human hands, feet, elbows and lips, your dog’s paws can get rough, dry and cracked. It is extremely important that you don’t use a human moisturiser on your dog as it may contain ingredients and chemicals that are harmful to dogs. Because dogs will no doubt lick whatever you apply to their paws, anything you apply must be completely safe for dogs to ingest.
Pampered Pooch Paw Balm is:
- 100% natural
- Non-toxic and therefore safe for dogs to lick (if your dog does lick the Paw Balm off, just reapply and distract them with some treats and play).
I created our Paw Balm with a synergistic blend of natural oils and protective waxes which form a tough, yet breathable, protective barrier against irritants in all climates and seasons, including snow and ice. Our Paw Balm will nourish your dog’s paws by hydrating the paws and then locking in the moisture with a protective coat. This helps heal and prevent dryness – making paws smooth and healthy again.
TIPS ON APPLYING PAW BALM
- Apply just before nap-time/bedtime as this is when your dog’s body goes into regeneration mode.
- Scoop out a pea sized amount of Paw Balm using your finger or a spoon, then rub the balm around in the palm of your hand to warm it up (it is fine if it melts into a liquid). When the balm is warm it will be easier to apply and it will absorb better.
- Gently apply the Paw Balm to your dog’s paws and then immediately reward them with a treat or distract them with a chew toy – this is key for getting the best results! Preventing your pooch from licking the balm off will give the balm time to absorb into the skin and work its magic!
- If you find that treats and distractions don’t stop your pooch from licking the balm, you could always put cotton baby socks on your pooch so they can’t lick their paws.
- Once you have applied the Paw Balm, massage your dog’s paws and then rub between the pads as well as up in between each toe. This will help work the balm into your dog’s paws, stimulate blood flow to the area and relax your dog.
- Because our Paw Balm is 100% natural and safe, you can apply as many times a day as you like. I’d recommend two-three times a day until the affected area is back to normal and then continue applying once or twice a week to maintain the health of your dog’s paws.
OTHER USES FOR OUR PAW BALM
Pampered Pooch Paw Balm absorbs easily into the skin which makes it an ideal moisturiser to use on any other areas on your dog's skin which are dry, rough or irritated. And because it is so gentle and hydrating, our Paw Balm is great for using on your dog's nose if it tends to get dry.
There are also a few human applications our Paw Balm is great for:
- I use our Paw Balm to repair dry elbows and feet.
- Rebecca uses our Paw Balm as a lip balm and around the hair line to prevent hair dye stains.
- Louise is a keen gardener and our Paw Balm works wonders at keeping her hands hydrated and smooth.
PROTECT YOUR POOCH’S PAWS FROM:
HARD AND ROUGH SURFACES
Dog’s paws are designed for walking on natural surfaces, not concrete. If your dog regularly walks on hard surfaces it can wear on their paws making them dry, rough and sensitive. If you live in an urban area, try and mix up your dog’s walks around the block with regular walks at the beach, at a grass park or on a dirt hiking track.
During summer, the scorching hot pavement or sand at the beach can cause your pooch’s paws to blister which could potentially lead to them losing a layer of skin off their paws. A quick way to check the ground temperature before taking your dog out for a walk is to place your hand or bare foot on the pavement/sand – if it is too hot for you after 15 seconds, it will be too hot for your dog’s paws, so you should hold off on your walk until the temperature drops.
Exposure to cold weather and cold surfaces can cause your dog’s paw pads to dry out and crack. Also keep in mind that during winter, to melt ice off the pavement and roads, salt and de-icers may be used which can be toxic to dogs. So before walking your dog in winter, you could apply a layer of Paw Balm to protect their paws and then, when you come home from your walk, wipe or rinse your dog’s paws with warm water to wash away any chemicals they may have walked through. If you live in a location with very harsh, snowy winters you could even invest in some canine snow shoes for your pup to protect their paws.
WHEN TO CONSULT A VETERINARIAN:
Consult your vet if you notice any of the following when checking your pooch's paws:
- Sores on your dog’s paw pads.
- Crusting at the base of the toenails.
- Thick calluses that push the toes out of position.
- Any unusual cracks, cuts, abrasions, bleeding, oozing or swelling on or around your dog’s paws.
- Frequent licking of the paws – this could be a sign for a wide variety of health problems including: allergies, parasitic infections, bacterial infections, dryness, boredom, anxiety, an injury, a claw condition or a hormonal imbalance.