It’s easy to forget about your dog’s paw pads, but it’s very important to keep these essential body parts healthy! Here, your Olathe, KS veterinarian offers a few tips on doing just that.

Asphalt Awareness

One of the primary dangers to our dogs’ paw pads, especially when the weather is warm, is asphalt. Blacktop driveways and parking lots can heat up to unbearable temperatures when the sun beats down on them all day; unlike us, dogs don’t have rubber-soled shoes to protect their feet! Prevent burns and blisters by avoiding asphalt surfaces during the summer months.

Paw Checks

Every week or so, give your dog’s paw pads a quick check-up. It’s easy for small objects—bits of plastic or metal, pebbles, sharp burrs, etc.—to embed themselves there. If you can’t remove an object easily, don’t force it. Call your vet for help instead.

Paw Pad Moisturizers

Some dogs’ paw pads can become dry and cracked, just like some humans’ hands can. Combat this problem with a canine-formulated paw-pad moisturizer. Ask your vet for a recommendation, and head to your local pet supply store to purchase one.

Would you like more dog paw-care tips? Contact your Pet Clinic in Olathe, KS.