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Defend Your Dog and Stop that Hurting Paw!


Of course, we humans use shoes to protect our feet. We insist on it! But dogs usually don't have that luxury, and routinely walk over ice, rock, grass, cement and soil on their bare paws. Their paws' thick pads give them protection we don't have, and that's why they're less susceptible to cuts and grazes. But this doesn't mean a dog's paws are indestructible. In fact, the areas between the pads are very sensitive and can suffer from cuts, burns, and other ailments.

One of the clues to a paw problem is when your dog comes back limping or favoring only one of its legs. The only way for you to narrow down the issue is to check his paw for any visible and physical signs of bleeding, swelling, redness or blisters.

Some dogs are very protective of their paws and don't like people touching them -- and they'll let you know! Keep persisting. One of my dogs, who just hates having her paws touched, will usually relax when I gently reassure her that I'm only trying to help. Although dogs don't understand many of our words, they do just fine at detecting our emotions, and sometimes intentions, from our actions and tone of voice.

If your dog has a cut, wash the wound with an antiseptic solution and apply a layer of antiseptic cream. Check the wound again the next day to see if it's getting better. If it looks infected, you should bring your dog to the vet. I was once shocked to discover maggots wiggling inside a paw wound on my dog -- ugh. Needless to say, we went to the vet immediately (she was fine after treatment).

In certain breeds, hair mats may grow between the pads, which can cause irritation. In these breeds, it's essential to trim regularly between the mats to keep the paws in good shape. Even in other breeds, dogs that run outdoors can get mud trapped between the pads. Again, this will irritate the paw, so it's best that you clean up with soap and water when you see mud between the toes.

Just as we humans get dry and cracked heels, dogs also experience dry and calloused paw pads. The solution for them is similar to ours -- apply moisturizers. In fact, you can even use your hand moisturizer on your dog! But there's a challenge involved: stopping your dog from licking it away after you apply it. A good trick is to apply the moisturizer right before your dog has his meal. This way, you can allow a little time for the moisturizer to settle in. Otherwise, you can play with your pooch to keep him occupied and restrain him if he starts licking his paws.

Finally, you probably have seen dogs in dog boots and wondered if these boots would effectively protect your dog's feet. But your dog may be better off without them, as they can easily walk out of these boots -- active, athletic dogs in particular. In the end, your dog will enjoy himself more walking on his own paws, with some occasional care and maintenance from you.

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Shelter Tails: Senior pets need love too - Times Herald-Record
Shelter Tails: Senior pets need love too  Times Herald-Record

Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods - WWBT NBC12 News
Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods  WWBT NBC12 News

Innovet Pet Releases Thanksgiving Food Guide For Keeping Pets Safe During The Holiday - PRNewswire
Innovet Pet Releases Thanksgiving Food Guide For Keeping Pets Safe During The Holiday  PRNewswire

Pets and renter’s insurance: Why you need it - Bankrate.com
Pets and renter’s insurance: Why you need it  Bankrate.com

Pets of the Week for Nov. 21 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Pets of the Week for Nov. 21  Chico Enterprise-Record

Pets of The Week Shelter List - Times Herald-Record
Pets of The Week Shelter List  Times Herald-Record

6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets - WYMT News
6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets  WYMT News

Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing household pets - KOB
Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing household pets  KOB

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Cosmos - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Cosmos - 47abc  WMDT

Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets - Cleveland 19 News
Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets  Cleveland 19 News

Facial recognition software to help find lost pets - WCTI12.com
Facial recognition software to help find lost pets  WCTI12.com

Turkey Day trauma: Keeping Thanksgiving safe for your pets - Rutland Herald
Turkey Day trauma: Keeping Thanksgiving safe for your pets  Rutland Herald

Pet events: Holiday events coming up for pets and people - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet events: Holiday events coming up for pets and people  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing pets - KRQE News 13
Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing pets  KRQE News 13

Keep human food away from pets - WJFW-TV
Keep human food away from pets  WJFW-TV

Local organization helps ensure pets aren't euthanized if owner can't afford emergency medical care - WKBW-TV
Local organization helps ensure pets aren't euthanized if owner can't afford emergency medical care  WKBW-TV

Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets - KCAU 9
Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets  KCAU 9

Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets - WZZM13.com
Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets  WZZM13.com

Holiday travel tips for pets - KFOX El Paso
Holiday travel tips for pets  KFOX El Paso

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019  OregonLive

Pets of the Week: Mikey and Darla - Homer News
Pets of the Week: Mikey and Darla  Homer News

How Sasha the lost cat found his way home after 5 years and 1,300 miles - AZCentral
How Sasha the lost cat found his way home after 5 years and 1,300 miles  AZCentral

Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners - USA TODAY
Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners  USA TODAY

To Your Health: Thankful for the Health Benefits of Pets - KRCU
To Your Health: Thankful for the Health Benefits of Pets  KRCU

Pets Global Launches New Pet Food Line to Meet Customer Demand - PRNewswire
Pets Global Launches New Pet Food Line to Meet Customer Demand  PRNewswire

Cute kittens and dogs available for adoption in Yolo County | Pets of the Week - Woodland Daily Democrat
Cute kittens and dogs available for adoption in Yolo County | Pets of the Week  Woodland Daily Democrat

How to make sure your pet has a stress-free holiday - Yahoo Lifestyle
How to make sure your pet has a stress-free holiday  Yahoo Lifestyle

History of Heath's Haven Rescue & Sanctuary — How to Help Disabled Pets - WomansDay.com
History of Heath's Haven Rescue & Sanctuary — How to Help Disabled Pets  WomansDay.com

Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno - Rockville, MD Patch
Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno  Rockville, MD Patch

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Carol - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Carol  KCBD

Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park - WESH 2 Orlando
Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park  WESH 2 Orlando

Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire - WPRI.com
Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire  WPRI.com

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR - PlayStation.Blog
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR  PlayStation.Blog

The pet industry's shift towards technology - Axios
The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc  WMDT

Pets, people, cows all pollute the Río Fernando - taosnews
Pets, people, cows all pollute the Río Fernando  taosnews

Local Carpet Cleaning Company Helps Out Our Homeless Pets in Columbus - WLTZ 38 NBC
Local Carpet Cleaning Company Helps Out Our Homeless Pets in Columbus  WLTZ 38 NBC

Healthcare for Homeless Animals pays for medical care for shelter pets - Thousand Oaks Acorn
Healthcare for Homeless Animals pays for medical care for shelter pets  Thousand Oaks Acorn

Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho - Idaho News
Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho  Idaho News

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Local 10 investigates new technology to save kids, pets left in hot cars - WPLG Local 10
Local 10 investigates new technology to save kids, pets left in hot cars  WPLG Local 10

KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations - WVLT.TV
KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations  WVLT.TV

Hotel Owners Challenge Ocean City's Pet Policy - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 - - WBOC TV 16
Hotel Owners Challenge Ocean City's Pet Policy - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -  WBOC TV 16

ARL rescues 26 pets from Des Moines feces-filled home, cages - KCCI Des Moines
ARL rescues 26 pets from Des Moines feces-filled home, cages  KCCI Des Moines

Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home - KOB
Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home  KOB

Marion County Pets: Colin, Flip and RJ - WCJB
Marion County Pets: Colin, Flip and RJ  WCJB

Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Maple the dog - Steamboat Pilot & Today
Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Maple the dog  Steamboat Pilot & Today

Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence - WSFA
Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence  WSFA

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire - Coventry, RI Patch
Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire  Coventry, RI Patch

Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition - Winchester Herald Chronicle
Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition  Winchester Herald Chronicle

Broome County Humane Society reminding pet owners of importance of spaying and neutering - WBNG-TV
Broome County Humane Society reminding pet owners of importance of spaying and neutering  WBNG-TV

Pet of the Week - Lamda - News8000.com - WKBT
Pet of the Week - Lamda  News8000.com - WKBT

Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago - Chicago Tribune
Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago  Chicago Tribune

Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say - MLive.com
Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans - WTVR CBS 6 News
Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans  WTVR CBS 6 News

Several pets dead, home damaged in Longview fire - KLTV
Several pets dead, home damaged in Longview fire  KLTV

Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets - KRON4
Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets  KRON4

Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy - Forbes
Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy  Forbes

Edgewater's Pet Mayor, Pax The Goat, Leads Effort To Raise Funds For Local Dog Park - Block Club Chicago
Edgewater's Pet Mayor, Pax The Goat, Leads Effort To Raise Funds For Local Dog Park  Block Club Chicago

Pet of the Month - Thousand Oaks Acorn
Pet of the Month  Thousand Oaks Acorn

For Pet's Sake: Learn proper nail care for your pets - WCYB
For Pet's Sake: Learn proper nail care for your pets  WCYB

Pet store thief throws guinea pig out of fleeing car, but 'Lucky' suffered no injuries - Fox News
Pet store thief throws guinea pig out of fleeing car, but 'Lucky' suffered no injuries  Fox News

Family says 4-pound dog squashed by FedEx box; pet is euthanized - Los Angeles Times
Family says 4-pound dog squashed by FedEx box; pet is euthanized  Los Angeles Times

Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans - WLWT Cincinnati
Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WLWT Cincinnati

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science - NBCNews.com
Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science  NBCNews.com

Low-cost pet adoption events coming to Solano - Fairfield Daily Republic
Low-cost pet adoption events coming to Solano  Fairfield Daily Republic

Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans? - WTOP
Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

Ohio State program that is helping pet owners cope with grief hopes to expand across the US - News 5 Cleveland
Ohio State program that is helping pet owners cope with grief hopes to expand across the US  News 5 Cleveland

NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019  NJ.com

3 pets rescued, Wake Forest family loses home to fire - CBS17.com
3 pets rescued, Wake Forest family loses home to fire  CBS17.com

18 Bookish Gifts for Animal Lovers (and Pets!) - Book Riot
18 Bookish Gifts for Animal Lovers (and Pets!)  Book Riot

Winter prep: Make ice melt that is environmentally, pet friendly - KSHB
Winter prep: Make ice melt that is environmentally, pet friendly  KSHB

Pet of the Week: Hayden - Lewiston Sun Journal
Pet of the Week: Hayden  Lewiston Sun Journal

Take a Santa photo with your pet - FOX 31 Denver
Take a Santa photo with your pet  FOX 31 Denver

Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday - KSAT San Antonio
Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday  KSAT San Antonio

Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks - KCRG
Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks  KCRG

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019)  ABC15 Arizona

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process - The Ohio State University News
Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process  The Ohio State University News

Puppies rescued from South Florida pet shop - WPTV.com
Puppies rescued from South Florida pet shop  WPTV.com

Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential - Refinery29
Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential  Refinery29

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans - KATU
Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans  KATU

Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max - RADIO.COM
Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max  RADIO.COM

Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold - 13abc Action News
Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18 - Mokena, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18  Mokena, IL Patch

Casper Alums Are Launching a ‘Direct-to-Dog’ Pet Food Subscription Service - Observer
Casper Alums Are Launching a ‘Direct-to-Dog’ Pet Food Subscription Service  Observer

Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County - WRAL.com
Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County  WRAL.com

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

Nicholas Pet Haven in need of holiday fosters - KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com
Nicholas Pet Haven in need of holiday fosters  KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com

The Adoptables: Pets of the week (11/20/19) | Gallery - Fredericksburg.com
The Adoptables: Pets of the week (11/20/19) | Gallery  Fredericksburg.com

Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Cookie - Smithtown, NY Patch
Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Cookie  Smithtown, NY Patch

Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx - Digiday
Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx  Digiday

Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too! - PEOPLE.com
Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!  PEOPLE.com

Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too. - Vox.com
Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

Pet Talk | A new treatment for broken bones - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Pet Talk | A new treatment for broken bones  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold - NewsChannel5.com
'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

Islip Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Giggles - West Islip, NY Patch
Islip Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Giggles  West Islip, NY Patch

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