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Caring for Your Dog’s Paws

January 1, 2021

The pawprint is one of the most iconic symbols we often think of when talking about our canine buddies. In fact, Fido’s paws are quite remarkable. Those furry feet act as shock absorbers and sensory organs. They also allow your pooch to run, jump, play, and do that cute happy dance he does when you get home. Taking care of your pup’s paws is very important! A veterinarian offers some tips on this below.


You probably know how uncomfortable it can get when your toenails get even a little bit too long. Overgrown nails are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for people! They can snag and tear on things, and can make it hard for dogs to get good traction on slippery ground. Plus, because they’re so uncomfortable, your furry friend may carry his weight differently. That’s not good for his bones and joints! Keep those claws trimmed. If you’re nervous about doing this yourself, ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques. Or, just make an appointment for Fido to get a pawdicure.

Toe Fur

We know, those toe fur tufts dogs have are pretty cute. Unfortunately, they sometimes get gunked up with foreign objects, like gum or mud. In winter, they can also collect ice balls. Unless your vet advises differently, it’s best to keep these clipped.

Paw Pads

Your dog’s ‘toe beans’ are actually quite sensitive. It’s very easy for your pooch to get painful blisters and abrasions by running around on hot or harsh surfaces. Pay attention to the ground when you are walking your four-legged buddy, and try to keep him on softer ground as much as ‘pawsible.’ We also recommend using paw balm or wax to protect your dog’s feet. Petroleum jelly will work in a pinch. If you know or suspect that your canine pal has walked through chemicals, wipe his feet down with a damp cloth before bringing him inside. (Bonus: this will also reduce the amount of mud that Fido tracks into the house.)


Does your dog know cute paw tricks, like Shake or Gimme Five? If not, you may want to teach him some. It will be a lot easier for you to handle Fido’s feet if he thinks he’s getting a yummy snack afterward!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic in Waterdown, ON, today!

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