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    How to Protect and Care for Your Dog's Paws

    How to Protect and Care for Your Dog's Paws

    Dogs spend most of their time walking, running and picking their paws. It is easy to understand how important it is to take good care of your paws. The pads provide insulation for the dog's feet, provide traction, help maintain balance, slow down and stop and serve as buffers for the bones and joints that make up the dog's paws and legs. Although they are durable and designed to withstand a lot of activity and wear, they have some problems.

    Things of Paw Pad Issues and Injuries in Dogs:

    Like humans, pets can suffer from all kinds of allergies. Animals with allergies will be sensitive to itching, especially the legs, and will bite, lick or chew to try to relieve the itching. They will also be more likely to have chronic ear and skin infections and anal gland problems. In some cases, excessive licking may cause irritation or injury and may make the leg more susceptible to secondary infections by fungi and bacteria. Animals that lick their paws excessively should be subject to allergic assessments by a veterinarian.

    Fungal and Bacterial Infections

    Many species of bacteria and fungi normally live on the feet of your pet, but these organisms can sometimes grow out of control and cause infections. Bacterial and fungal skin infections are common in dogs and often affect the legs. Signs of leg infection include licking and chewing of the legs, redness, swelling, pain, itching, and drainage. In general, the skin between the toes and the other folds of the skin is sensitive to itching, redness, oily secretions and sometimes brown discoloration of the nails.

    Dry and Cracked Paw Pads

    It is assumed that the legs of domestic animals are rough to obtain traction on smooth surfaces. However, a variety of factors, such as hot pavement, winter conditions, chemicals, dry air, exposure to rough surfaces and excess licking can cause dry and cracked bearings. Dry and cracked legs can be painful and expose your pet to a risk of infection.

    Burns and Blisters

    Always feel the sidewalk with the bottom of your bare hand before letting your dog walk on it. If you can not hold the palm of your hand on the asphalt for 10 seconds or more, it's too hot for your dog's paws. Unfortunately, pets can experience leg burns when walking on hot surfaces. Burnt leggings may appear swollen, red or swollen. Leg burns are a serious medical problem and require the immediate attention of a veterinarian.

    Cuts and Abrasions

    Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations can occur at any time and are common as dogs run and play on a wide variety of terrain. It is important to watch for sharp objects on the ground when walking your dog and making sure that it provides adequate protection when running on uneven or uneven ground or on the sidewalk. It is not uncommon to find strange objects such as small rocks, sticks, burrs and broken glass and debris in cuts and tears.

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