Overgrown nails may not seem like a big deal, but they can actually be very problematic. If Fido’s claws are too long, he may have trouble gaining traction on slippery surfaces. Long nails can also make walking or running uncomfortable, so your dog may change his gait a bit. This can be quite harmful, as it can contribute or lead to bone/joint issues over time. If you don’t feel comfortable giving your pooch a pawdicure, just call us to set up a quick nail trim.
Preventing Paw Pad Injuries
Dogs’ paw pads are very delicate. Your canine pal can get painful burns or blisters by walking or running on hot sand, asphalt, or tar. Keep your pooch on soft surfaces as much as possible. If Fido likes swimming, be extra careful with him when he gets out of the water, as dogs’ paw pads are very delicate when they are wet. On hot days, use paw balm to protect your furry buddy’s paws.
We recommend wiping Fido’s furry feet off daily with a damp cloth. This will remove any dirt, pollen, or residue your pup may have picked up when he was outside. (Tip: if you teach your dog that he’ll get a little treat after his foot rub, he’ll probably happily stand still for you.)
Does Fido have those cute tufts of fur between his toes? If so, you may want to trim these, so they don’t get matted or gunky.
Make a habit of checking your furry friend’s paws regularly. This is something you can do while you and Fido are hanging out, watching a movie. You’ll want to look for cuts, bumps, and swelling, as well as foreign objects. Keep an eye out for tiny monsters as well: ticks sometimes latch on to dogs’ toes. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.
Please contact us with any questions about your pet’s health or care. As your Cameron Park, CA animal clinic, we are here to help!