Paws are essentially a dog’s built-in sneakers, providing cushioning, shock absorption, and traction. As dogs spend most of their lives on their feet and frequently walk on rough outdoor terrain, paw pads must be tough.
When paw pads become dry and cracked, running and playing become challenging, functions like temperature regulation and sensing terrain are reduced as well. Therefore, taking care of your dog’s feet is essential and should be included in every grooming routine. Read on to learn what causes cracked dog paws and how to prevent them.
Many dog paw pads naturally feel a little rough, which is no surprise considering the rugged terrains they walk on every day. Paw pads have a thick layer of pigmented skin with insulating fatty tissue underneath, protecting them from cold, hot, and rough surfaces. However, no dog is invincible, and sometimes extreme weather conditions like cold air or icy surfaces can make paw pads dry out and crack.
Dry dog paws are one of the most common paw pad injuries and should always be taken seriously. If untreated, it can become painful and potentially lead to infection. If you’ve ever experienced cracked hands yourself, you’ll know how uncomfortable the sensation is.
Canines feel this discomfort too, but worse so, as they are constantly applying pressure to the cracked areas every time they walk. Therefore, it can quickly become a painful condition.
It’s easy to spot dry dog paws, both from their look and feel and your pup’s behavior. Here are the most common symptoms.
Your dog’s paw pads can become rough at any time of the year and for various reasons, not all of which are weather-related.
Both the treatment and prevention of dry paws follow a similar formula. So whether your dog already has cracked paw pads or you just want to keep them in good condition, here’s how to approach it.
If your dog’s cracked pads look severe, such as if you notice bleeding or deep cracks, you’ll need to give them some extra attention. First, clean them with dog-safe soap and warm water. After paw cleaning, dry thoroughly and apply a layer of antibiotic or antibacterial ointment or gel to prevent infection. You may also want to bandage the paw to prevent further damage and help it heal faster.
Paw care extends much further than trimming their nails from time to time. Keeping the paw pads soft and moisturized will keep your dog’s feet functioning the way they should. And by incorporating some of the prevention tips above, you can easily keep dry, cracked dog paws at bay.
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