Everything You Need to Know About Dog Paw Care

As a dog owner, it’s so important to take care of your dog’s paws. Just as foot care is essential for our overall health, you don’t want your pet walking on an injured or sensitive dog paw. Plus, you want your furbaby's paw to be ready for the close up photo you'll need for your custom paw print keepsake. Let’s take a look at a few of the top things to keep in mind when it comes to dog paw care.

Avoid Walking on Hot Ground

One of the most important pieces of advice for dog owners is to avoid putting your dog’s paws on hot pavement. When you are walking during the summer months, try to test out the pavement with the back of your hand first. Find a nice area with grass to walk your dog instead, which will help to keep their paws in top condition.

Check Your Dog’s Paws Regularly

While you might just wait for your dog to alert you of any issues with their dog paws, you need to make sure you are checking them regularly for any damage. Every time you walk outdoors, make sure you check their paws quickly and wash between the toes with warm water. There are some great portable dog paw washers on the market today, which can make this task even easier. It’s so easy for weeds or small stones to get stuck between toes, but the sooner you get them out, the less damage that will have been done to your furry friend’s feet.

Use Paw Wax During the Winter

During the winter months, there’s a greater chance of damage when walking on ice and snow. Dog paw wax is a good option for anyone who lives in colder areas, and it acts as an extra layer of protection. Apply it just before heading outside for your walk, and you’ll find you come back with fewer pieces of debris stuck in their paws.
Paw Soother® by Natural Dog Company

Grooming for Dog Paws

Another important element of looking after dog paws is grooming them on a regular basis. When nails grow too long, they can injure your pet or make walking uncomfortable. Their nails should never touch the ground when your dog is on a flat surface. Make sure you cut them immediately when they get this long to avoid any pain for your dog. A common question we receive is whether you can moisturize dog paws. This is something we recommend when they are dry or cracked, but make sure you stick to products designed specifically for dogs. Don’t apply moisturizer to soft paws, as this will make them more sensitive for walking.

By following these top tips for dog paw care, you can ensure you keep your pet happy and healthy for many years to come. Once you follow this advice, you’ll be ready to create a beautiful paw print keepsake of your dog’s paws. Contact me today for more information about dog paw print keepsakes and preserving your memories of your time with your dog. I’ll be excited to work with you to create a piece of art that you and your family will treasure forever.

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