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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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UF To Host "Animal Science Spotlight: The Power of Pets" - WKTN Radio
UF To Host "Animal Science Spotlight: The Power of Pets"  WKTN Radio

Pet of the Week Archie | Pets | independenttribune.com - Independent Tribune
Pet of the Week Archie | Pets | independenttribune.com  Independent Tribune

Second Chance Pets: Bailey - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Bailey  KOIN.com

Pets of the Week: April 22, 2021 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: April 22, 2021  WSIL TV

Fleas are an issue for indoor and outfoor pets - WSET
Fleas are an issue for indoor and outfoor pets  WSET

Apple Executive Says AirTags Designed to Track Items, Not Children or Pets - MacRumors
Apple Executive Says AirTags Designed to Track Items, Not Children or Pets  MacRumors

After rabid foxes found, YKHC urges rabies vaccines for pets - Alaska Public Media News
After rabid foxes found, YKHC urges rabies vaccines for pets  Alaska Public Media News

Pet owners, walkers advised to keep pets on a leash - UpperMichigansSource.com
Pet owners, walkers advised to keep pets on a leash  UpperMichigansSource.com

Tips for keeping your pets safe as Arizona's summer heat approaches - 12news.com KPNX
Tips for keeping your pets safe as Arizona's summer heat approaches  12news.com KPNX

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

Waterville humane society aims to reunite lost pets - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Waterville humane society aims to reunite lost pets  Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Latest Pets Up For Adoption At Johns Creek Area Shelters - Johns Creek, GA Patch
Latest Pets Up For Adoption At Johns Creek Area Shelters  Johns Creek, GA Patch

Pet of the Week: Meet Sunny the cockatiel - WWLP.com
Pet of the Week: Meet Sunny the cockatiel  WWLP.com

K-State veterinarian shares facts to prevent heartworm disease in pets - atchisonglobenow.com
K-State veterinarian shares facts to prevent heartworm disease in pets  atchisonglobenow.com

10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog - PEOPLE
10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog  PEOPLE

Adopt A Pet From Norristown Area Shelters: See The Latest Pets - Norristown, PA Patch
Adopt A Pet From Norristown Area Shelters: See The Latest Pets  Norristown, PA Patch

Paws for Pets: Cooper was found and Rover has a new home - York News-Times
Paws for Pets: Cooper was found and Rover has a new home  York News-Times

Drake’s 'Most beautiful bulldog' brings awareness to pets with special needs - KCCI Des Moines
Drake’s 'Most beautiful bulldog' brings awareness to pets with special needs  KCCI Des Moines

Does Your Pet Have Separation Anxiety? Or Do You? - The New York Times
Does Your Pet Have Separation Anxiety? Or Do You?  The New York Times

Florida animal shelters keeping pets with their people amid pandemic - Gainesville Sun
Florida animal shelters keeping pets with their people amid pandemic  Gainesville Sun

See The Latest Adoptable Pets At Berkeley Area Shelters - Berkeley, NJ Patch
See The Latest Adoptable Pets At Berkeley Area Shelters  Berkeley, NJ Patch

Y-K Delta officials recommend residents vaccinate pets after rabid foxes found - Anchorage Daily News
Y-K Delta officials recommend residents vaccinate pets after rabid foxes found  Anchorage Daily News

Pets of the Week: Moose, Frankie, Dutchess and Archie are ready for adoption - Long Beach Press Telegram
Pets of the Week: Moose, Frankie, Dutchess and Archie are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California - PEOPLE
Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California  PEOPLE

Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years - Muscatine Journal
Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years  Muscatine Journal

Peloton Tread Plus: CPSC warns it can kill kids, pets and says stop using it 'immediately' - CNET
Peloton Tread Plus: CPSC warns it can kill kids, pets and says stop using it 'immediately'  CNET

Bedford fire leaves two pets dead, three people displaced - WDBJ7
Bedford fire leaves two pets dead, three people displaced  WDBJ7

Who let the dogs out? Therapy pets returns to Moffitt Cancer Center - Bay News 9
Who let the dogs out? Therapy pets returns to Moffitt Cancer Center  Bay News 9

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work - CNN
The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

Two people, pets escape early morning house fire in Springfield - KEZI TV
Two people, pets escape early morning house fire in Springfield  KEZI TV

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets - WebMD
Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets  WebMD

Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat - Modern Farmer
Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat  Modern Farmer

Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 18, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 18, 2021  Summit Daily News

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (4/21/2021) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (4/21/2021)  ABC15 Arizona

Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, microchip licensing - INFORUM
Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, microchip licensing  INFORUM

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

12 best National Pet Parents Day gifts - New York Post
12 best National Pet Parents Day gifts  New York Post

Midcoast Humane helps lost pets reunite with their owners through microchips - WGME
Midcoast Humane helps lost pets reunite with their owners through microchips  WGME

Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It. - Barron's
Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It.  Barron's

Magistrate rules in favor of Springboro family's pet pot-bellied pig - WHIO Radio
Magistrate rules in favor of Springboro family's pet pot-bellied pig  WHIO Radio

Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping - PRNewswire
Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping  PRNewswire

U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing - NBC News
U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Dog owner finds threatening note and poisoned bone because the pet 'barks too much' - Fox News
Dog owner finds threatening note and poisoned bone because the pet 'barks too much'  Fox News

AVMA celebrating what pets have meant to people during pandemic - American Veterinary Medical Association
AVMA celebrating what pets have meant to people during pandemic  American Veterinary Medical Association

America's Most Pet-Friendly National Parks - TravelPulse
America's Most Pet-Friendly National Parks  TravelPulse

News Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD
News Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall  WebMD

Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic - Duke Today
Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic  Duke Today

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform - ATP Tour
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform  ATP Tour

Pets & Animals - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Pets & Animals  The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents - PEOPLE
Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents  PEOPLE

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021  Summit Daily News

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk  FDA.gov

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Ash - San Clemente Times
Adoptable Pet of the Week: Ash  San Clemente Times

Pets Of The Week: Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Of The Week: Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh  CBS Pittsburgh

EPA Investigating Pet Incidents Involving Seresto Collars - NBC10 Boston
EPA Investigating Pet Incidents Involving Seresto Collars  NBC10 Boston

Robotic alley cats? Universal's 'The Secret Life of Pets' is old school and devastatingly cute - Yahoo Finance
Robotic alley cats? Universal's 'The Secret Life of Pets' is old school and devastatingly cute  Yahoo Finance

National Pet Industry Exceeds Over $100 Billion in Sales for First Time in Industry History - PRNewswire
National Pet Industry Exceeds Over $100 Billion in Sales for First Time in Industry History  PRNewswire

'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic' - BBC News
'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic'  BBC News

There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People - Self
There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People  Self

Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species - Ars Technica
Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species  Ars Technica

Pets with Potential: Meet Stallone - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Stallone  WCAX

After lost dog found, KCK owner says local pet rescue not giving him back - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
After lost dog found, KCK owner says local pet rescue not giving him back  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

'Zany' store offers unique pets | Business - ECM Publishers
'Zany' store offers unique pets | Business  ECM Publishers

Kim Kardashian Shares Snaps of Daughter North's Pet Lizard Dressed Up for 'Fresh' Photo Shoot - Yahoo Entertainment
Kim Kardashian Shares Snaps of Daughter North's Pet Lizard Dressed Up for 'Fresh' Photo Shoot  Yahoo Entertainment

Spring flowers are pretty, but may be harmful to your pet - WANE
Spring flowers are pretty, but may be harmful to your pet  WANE

Celebrity Pets We Lost in 2021 - PEOPLE
Celebrity Pets We Lost in 2021  PEOPLE

As we head back to work and school, what will happen to our pets? - Pocono Record
As we head back to work and school, what will happen to our pets?  Pocono Record

Search ends for missing 50-pound pet raccoon - Norman Transcript
Search ends for missing 50-pound pet raccoon  Norman Transcript

Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds - BBC News
Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds  BBC News

After lost dog found, owner says Kansas pet rescue won’t give it back - KSN-TV
After lost dog found, owner says Kansas pet rescue won’t give it back  KSN-TV

Painfully honest pet adoption ad gains attention for 'demonic' chihuahua - KIRO Seattle
Painfully honest pet adoption ad gains attention for 'demonic' chihuahua  KIRO Seattle

A Dog Who Kept Sneaking into a Dollar General for a Unicorn Toy Gets His Plush and a New Start - PEOPLE
A Dog Who Kept Sneaking into a Dollar General for a Unicorn Toy Gets His Plush and a New Start  PEOPLE

Pet-adoption surge creates demand for "puppy nannies" - CBS News
Pet-adoption surge creates demand for "puppy nannies"  CBS News

Pet Mania! - Sacramento Magazine
Pet Mania!  Sacramento Magazine

5 Best At-Home Allergy Tests of 2021: Pets, Seasonal, Mold - Healthline
5 Best At-Home Allergy Tests of 2021: Pets, Seasonal, Mold  Healthline

Pet Parents Beware: These Are the Most Popular Dog Names Right Now - Yahoo Lifestyle
Pet Parents Beware: These Are the Most Popular Dog Names Right Now  Yahoo Lifestyle

25 Affordable Pet Products On Amazon Reviewers Say Made A Huge Difference - BuzzFeed
25 Affordable Pet Products On Amazon Reviewers Say Made A Huge Difference  BuzzFeed

Ask Joe: what happened with Puppies Plus pet store case? - KRNV My News 4
Ask Joe: what happened with Puppies Plus pet store case?  KRNV My News 4

The Top 20 Destinations for Pet-Friendly Travel - TravelPulse
The Top 20 Destinations for Pet-Friendly Travel  TravelPulse

Pets: The produce industry's rising consumer class - Produce Blue Book
Pets: The produce industry's rising consumer class  Produce Blue Book

The growth, marketing strategy, and demise of Pets.com : The Indicator from Planet Money - NPR
The growth, marketing strategy, and demise of Pets.com : The Indicator from Planet Money  NPR

Potter League for Animals acquires Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic - What'sUpNewp
Potter League for Animals acquires Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic  What'sUpNewp

All the Presidents' Pets - Today.com - Today.com - Today.com
All the Presidents' Pets - Today.com - Today.com  Today.com

Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time - Science Magazine
Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time  Science Magazine

How to avoid online pet scams | Pets | journalstar.com - Lincoln Journal Star
How to avoid online pet scams | Pets | journalstar.com  Lincoln Journal Star

'I don't want these dogs to suffer': Pet surrenders becoming tragic part of pandemic - USA TODAY
'I don't want these dogs to suffer': Pet surrenders becoming tragic part of pandemic  USA TODAY

The pandemic has prompted pet adoptions, but also caused some pet owners to struggle - WTOP
The pandemic has prompted pet adoptions, but also caused some pet owners to struggle  WTOP

11 best Valentine's Day gifts for your pets in 2021 - NBC News
11 best Valentine's Day gifts for your pets in 2021  NBC News

Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down - Crunchbase News
Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

Pets Best vs. Healthy Paws: Coverage, Costs & Features - Investopedia
Pets Best vs. Healthy Paws: Coverage, Costs & Features  Investopedia

Looking For an Adorable, Low-Maintenance Pet? These Are 10 of the Best! - POPSUGAR
Looking For an Adorable, Low-Maintenance Pet? These Are 10 of the Best!  POPSUGAR

The pet business is booming as Americans spend more on their animals while they work from home - CNBC
The pet business is booming as Americans spend more on their animals while they work from home  CNBC

State parks opening more campsites to pets, after surge of people visited in 2020 | StateImpact Pennsylvania - StateImpact Pennsylvania
State parks opening more campsites to pets, after surge of people visited in 2020 | StateImpact Pennsylvania  StateImpact Pennsylvania

Should You Get A Dog Or Cat? Stories Of Pet Ownership In The Pandemic : Shots - Health News - NPR
Should You Get A Dog Or Cat? Stories Of Pet Ownership In The Pandemic : Shots - Health News  NPR

Pet adoption program expands to help seniors keep pets amid the pandemic - CNN
Pet adoption program expands to help seniors keep pets amid the pandemic  CNN

Pets and Pesticides: Keeping our Companions Safe - Beyond Pesticides
Pets and Pesticides: Keeping our Companions Safe  Beyond Pesticides

Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic - Today.com
Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic  Today.com

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