THE IMPORTANCE OF CARING FOR OUR DOG’S PAWS
How many of us check our dog’s paws after every walk? I know I don’t, although I should! Of course, I will towel-dry Darcy if she comes home wet, I even remove her damp collar; but I only tend to inspect her paws if she is limping or obviously agitated by something.
Yet, we all ought to be checking, cleaning and drying paws every time, after every walk! Whether you walk in the fields and footpaths of the countryside, or the paths and hard surfaces of towns and cities, dogs paws are likely to come into contact with all sorts of dirt and debris. Routine paw checks can identify problems before they manifest into bigger issues.
It is a fact that bacteria and fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist areas. These ideal conditions, with the added factor of a crack, a scratch or thorn in a dog’s paw or pad puts them at risk of infection and a (costly!) trip to the vets. We can all make the effort to take a few minutes after each walk to follow the following steps:
- Rinse off mud and dirt – you could use a washing-up bowl
- Clean the paws with a decent dog-friendly soap or shampoo
- Gently dry and examine for redness, irritation, cracks or debris
- Finally, use a paw balm to keep pads moisturised and protected
Red Nelly’s Skin & Paw Salve is handmade from natural ingredients – this means it is safe for your dog if licked. The essential oils and butters help to keep skin or paws moisturised and healthy, whilst also soothing itchiness and irritation. Red Nelly’s Paw Care Gift Boxes provide all you need to care for your dog’s paws including a soft eco friendly bamboo wash cloth.
Caring for their paws helps keep a dog, healthy and mobile.
Remember, prevention is better than cure. However, always seek medical attention from a vet if you are at all concerned.