Yes, dog paws are certainly made for walking but did you know they require protection just like human feet? Walking on hard concrete on a sunny day can burn your dog’s paws and cause pressure on their joints. It is thus important you invest in dog shoes for your pet to reduce the risk of paw injuries. Before we discuss ways to prevent dog paw injuries in your pet, it is integral you learn about the signs and symptoms of a paw injury.
If your dog has been limping and is refusing to go for a walk, perhaps you should keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms:
Additionally, if your dog’s paw injury has been caused because of a cut and injury on the footpad, there may be bleeding, sometimes profuse depending on the injury. If a foreign object has lodged itself between the dog’s toes, you will be able to identify and find the object upon inspection.
If your dog is suffering from the above-mentioned signs and symptoms, there could be numerous possible causes behind their injuries. The most common possible causes include:
Treatment typically depends on what caused the injury in the first place. Do not try treating a serious injury at home, such as an injury sustained from a deep cut or a dislocated toe. If your dog is suffering from an injury, here’s how you can treat the following injuries:
If your furry friend’s paw is bleeding, your first step should be to stop the bleeding. Clean and disinfectant the area using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide or water in equal parts and then apply a bandage over it. Be careful not to wrap it up too tightly.
A broken toenail can cause great pain to your dog, hence deal with your dog carefully. In such cases, pull out the damaged nail and then disinfect it with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide or water in equal parts and then apply a bandage over it. However, do not attend to the wound yourself if your dog’s paw is bleeding profusely.
Hopefully, this useful guide will teach you how to avoid paw injuries in the future.