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:

  1. Rinse off mud and dirt – you could use a washing-up bowl
  2. Clean the paws with a decent dog-friendly soap or shampoo
  3. Gently dry and examine for redness, irritation, cracks or debris
  4. 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.

Red Nelly’s Grand Paw Care Box

Red Nelly’s Original Paw Care Box



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

June 12, 2018 at 7:35 pm

This is especially important as this would go a long way to preventing Alabama Rot.

June 15, 2018 at 11:04 am
– In reply to: Anne

Absolutely, we must not underestimate the importance of a few minutes of paw care to prevent problems such as Alabama Rot. This horrific, often fatal, disease – officially called CRGV – is a devastating condition which is very difficult to treat. There is a really useful article about signs, symptoms and more; just click on this link:

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