Long nails can be very problematic for our canine companions. If your dog’s nails get too long, he may change his stride to compensate. This will put a lot of stress on his bones and joints, which can contribute to or aggravate painful conditions like arthritis. Your pup may also have trouble getting traction on slippery ground, and could possibly tear a nail, which can cause infections. If you are uneasy about clipping your four-legged friend’s claws yourself, get clippers that are equipped with sensors. These will show you right where to cut, taking the guesswork out of the process. Of course, you can also just call us to book a peticure for your pooch!
Fido’s paw pads are quite sensitive, much like the skin on human feet. Your pup can get painful burns, blisters, or abrasions by walking or running on hot or harsh surfaces. Just like human skin, doggy paws are very delicate when wet, so take extra care with your furry friend after he’s been swimming. In summer, walk your dog in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out. It’s also important to try to keep your pooch on softer, cooler surfaces. If you can, try to get your canine pal to wear booties. However, if your four-legged buddy isn’t one for wearing shoes, don’t force him. Just use paw balm or wax to protect his feet.
Get into the habit of checking your canine buddy’s feet regularly. You’ll want to look for visible swelling and/or foreign objects, as well as cuts and insect bites. It’s also important to make sure that your pup hasn’t picked up foxtail awls or cactus spines. If you notice a minor scrape, you can treat it with antiseptic, but contact your vet for anything more than that. Paw infections can be very dangerous, and are definitely nothing to mess around with!
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!