Looking After Your Dog’s Feet In The Summer
During the summer it’s important to care for your dog’s paws. They can be damaged by the heat, grass seeds and generally take a bit of a battering. If your dog has any major problems with their paws then take them to a vet right away. Here are some things you should be aware of so that you can look after your dog’s feet during the hotter months.
Grass seeds are a bit problem for dogs in the summer. One of the places they tend to get stuck is in your dog’s paws. They lodge themselves in between their toes, often making them difficult to spot. Check your dog’s feet for grass seeds, especially after long summer walks. They can be very painful and may require an operation to remove them if left undetected or untreated.
Avoid walking your dog on hot pavement or any hot surfaces on warm days. Dogs can feel the heat on their paws just like we do on the bottom of our feet. There are some eye opening examples of dogs who have burnt their paws and it looks terribly painful. Plan your dog walks accordingly and avoid very hot surfaces. Try not to walk your dog at the hottest times of the day, instead take them early in the morning or late in the evening.
Remember to cut your dog’s nails regularly throughout the summer. If they get too long they can catch on things and cause unnecessary injuries.
Keep an eye out for cracked paw pads. If your dog’s paws are badly cracked you might want to get them checked out by a vet. You can also by paw pad protection cream that will prevent your dog’s paw pads from drying out.
You should also check their paws regularly for cuts, abrasions and injuries to their toes. Trimming the hair between your dog’s toes can help to prevent debris from getting lodged under their feet. Dog boots are also an option for really hot days as they can help to protect your dog’s feet from the heat.