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Doggy Paw Care Tips

Have you looked at your dog’s paws lately? Fido’s fuzzy feet are very important to his health and well-being. Foot problems are no more fun for our canine friends than they are for us! Read on as a local Indianapolis, IN veterinarian discusses caring for your dog’s paws.

Claws

Make sure to trim your pooch’s nails regularly. If Fido’s nails get too long, they can cause him quite a bit of discomfort, and make it harder for him to gain traction on slippery surfaces. Eventually, overgrown nails can even lead or contribute to painful health problems, such as arthritis. If you’re uneasy about cutting your pet’s claws yourself, consider investing in clippers equipped with sensors, which will indicate exactly where to cut. You can also just call us to schedule a quick manicure session for your four-legged friend.

Weather

Fido’s paw care needs will change seasonally. In summer, your dog can burn his sensitive paw pads by walking on hot surfaces, such as tar or cement. Your pup’s feet will be extra delicate after he’s been swimming, so if you let your furry buddy take a dip in a lake or pool, keep him on dirt or grass when he gets out of the water. Also, keep an eye out for broken glass on the sidewalk when you’re walking your pup. In winter, snow, ice, salt, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can also hurt those furry feet. Wipe your pet’s paws off with a damp cloth daily. It isn’t a bad idea to do this during peak pollen times as well, especially if your pooch has allergies. We also recommend using paw balm or wax to keep those furry feet moisturized.

Grooming

Does Fido have those adorable tufts of fur growing between his toes? Keep that toe fur trimmed back! They can easily get matted, or pick up foreign objects, which can make your pet pretty uncomfortable.

General

Inspect Fido’s paws regularly, and check for any signs of swelling or injury. In summer, check for ticks as well, as these unwanted parasites sometimes latch on between those furry toes. You can treat a minor scratch at home with antiseptic, but contact your vet for anything more severe than a little nick.

Does your pooch need a pawdicure? Call us, your Indianapolis, IN, animal clinic, anytime! We are happy to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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