Does your dog know cute paw tricks, like Shake or Gimme Five? Your dog’s paws are crucial for helping him get around. They also act as shock absorbers when he jumps for his favorite toy or does that adorable ‘Welcome home’ happy dance dogs like to greet their humans with. Read on as a Bloomfield Township vet offers some tips on caring for Fido’s furry feet.

Claws

Overgrown nails may not sound like a big deal at first. However, they are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for people. This is particularly problematic in older dogs, because senior dogs are less likely to grind their claws down by running around. Fido may adjust his stride to compensate. This puts a lot of strain on his bones and joints, and can aggravate or contribute to painful conditions like arthritis. If you’re uneasy cutting your dog’s claws yourself, get clippers that are equipped with sensors. Or, just call us to schedule a pawdicure for your canine pal.

Toe Fur

Does your four-legged friend have tufts of fur growing between his toes? We know, these are adorable, but it’s best to clip them. They can collect gunk, such as gum, which can cause mats. Plus, in winter, they can gather ice balls. Needless to say, this can be pretty uncomfortable for Fido!

Paw Pads

Your pet’s paw pads are very delicate, much like the skin on human feet. Don’t forget that your canine companion is running around barefoot! In summer, keep your pooch off hot tar and asphalt as much as possible. This is especially important after Fido has been swimming, as his feet will be extra delicate when they’re wet. Winter has its own threats. Snow, salt, sand, and ice can all cause painful burns and abrasions. You can try putting booties on your dog, though not all pups will tolerate this. Another option is to use paw balm or wax to protect your furry pal’s paws. We also recommend choosing pet-friendly de-icing products.

Hack

Does your pooch hate having his feet handled? Teach Fido that he’ll get a yummy treat for giving you his foot. You may find your canine buddy mysteriously becoming more open to having his paws touched!

Please reach out to us, your local Bloomfield Township vet clinic, for all of your pup’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!