Put a fresh bootie on the foot if you are still running. (and the corresponding front or back foot to keep the dog's gait 'balanced'.) We generally do not leave booties on the dogs if we are at home, but if it is serious and we are concerned that the dog will lick the paw, we leave a bootie on being careful that it is not too tight and that the dog is not a bootie eater. In reality, we do not get foot problems that get to be serious around here unless there happens to be somebody else here running the dogs who 'does not notice' and the dog comes home a mess... end of comment on that one but I have witnessed the flip-outs when the dogs came home with trashed feet!
Westie Dogs - Footcare Health Tips - Singapore Street Directory
While a pedicure may conjure up images of painted nails, there is no need to add color to your pooch, unless you want to. A pooch pedicure is simply a time to focus on overall foot care. Begin checking your dog's nails. Nails should just about touch the ground when your dog walks. If the nails extend past this point, it is time for a trim. Nail clippers are available at your local pet store, but talk to your vet before trying to cut the nails yourself, as cutting too short can result in bleeding or injury. If nails are not maintained and trimmed regularly, they can curl and grow back into the pads, resulting in injury. Nails that are too long can alter how your dog walks, increasing the risk for injury to the pads, feet and legs.
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Keeping the dogs foot in proper condition will go a long way towards preventing paw pad injuries. In addition to basic foot care like trimming hair and filing nails, I use a five-point plan to keep my athletic dogs’ paws in tip-top shape.
Dog Foot Care | Professional Pet Sitting - The Pet Parlor
Prepare and care for your dog's
feet to keep their paw pads in the
best condition. TUF-FOOT is ideal
for hunting dogs, working dogs,
and all other dogs on the move.
Routine foot care for your dog is very important, because they spend so much time on their feet without any protection of shoes. Here are a few tips for your dogs foot care.
Examine feet on a regular basis to make sure it has not picked up any foxtails or stickers. If so, remove them with tweezers. Clean small cuts and apply antibiotic cream. (Seek a vet for more severe wounds.)
Small cuts or mild skin disease may cause infections in the sweat glands in your dog's feet, resulting in swelling or abscesses between toes. (This is especially common in Bull Terriers, Dobermans, and Pekingese.) Soaking the affected foot in warm salt water often will relieve pain. (More severe or persistent infections need vet care.)
If your dog steps in something gooey, soften it by rubbing the foot with margarine, peanut butter, or shortening; then work it off. Apply ice to chewing gum, it will become brittle and easier to remove. You can also soak the foot in a mixture of warm salt water and olive or mineral oil.
Road salt and sidewalk ice melt products can be an irritant to the footpads; washing and drying your dog's feet after being outside helps reduce this painful condition and prevents him from licking it off when he licks his feet. Booties are another option. Ice balls can form between your dog's toes too, this can be prevented by spraying his feet with silicon spray before he goes out.
Clipping toenails properly means less wear and tear on your carpet and floors and less chance of a snagged, broken, or ingrown toenail. The sooner you begin to trim toenails and get them used to it, the better! Use trimmers that are made for dogs. To make it easier, wait until your dog is sleepy or relaxed. Clip just where the nail curves, avoiding the sensitive, pink area (called the quick). This is easy to see in a nail that is clear. if your dog's toenails are not clear only trim a little at a time. If you clip too much and hit the quick, it will bleed. You should trim the nails about every two weeks, or as necessary. They need trimming if the hit the floor or if you hear a clicking sound when he/she walks.
If you hit the quick when trimming nails, you can stop the bleeding many ways. One way is to use a styptic powder (available at your vet or in pet stores). You can also use corn starch, just put a little on the toenail and it should clot it. Another method is by rubbing your dog's nail across a bar of soap to stop the bleeding. Or use a dampened tea bag.
Remember, if something is deep or highly infected or won't stop bleeding, contact your vet.
I hope that these tips help you care for your dog's feet!
By Katie from PA