There are many hazardous when walking a dog that can result in sore or wounded feet and pads. This is even more appropriate for working and agility dogs. Dog walks in towns, cities and the countryside can present many hazards for dogs’ feet. These can include hot pavements in the summer months, broken glass, grit salt in the winter months and sharp rocks or uneven ground. Dogs that pull excessively when on the lead are also at a higher risk of having sore front paws in particular.
How to See the Signs of Sore Dog Paws
It can sometimes be a few hours after a walk that a dog will start by licking his feet or limping when walking. It is helpful to always check a dog’s feet after a walk, even if there is no sign of soreness or injury. Sore pads will often appear quite pink in colour and will sometimes show signs of broken skin and/or bleeding. Claws should also be kept at a reasonable length as sore paws can also indicate a broken or split claw which can be very painful for dogs when walking.
How to Care for Sore Dog Paws
There are many treatments and preventions for maintaining the health of an animal’s feet. First and foremost is to take a dog to the vet if it is necessary. Some wounds can turn serious if left untreated or not treated correctly.
If dogs are very active, such as working dogs or agility dogs then it is advisable to prevent the damage before it occurs. This can be done easily by investing in a set of dog boots. There are many available types and sizes available both in stores and online. The boots often have a leather, cushioned sole that moulds with the feet and are held in place by Velcro higher up the legs.
Balms or creams that are specifically for dogs can help to soothe and heal blistered and sore pads. Care should be taken when using human creams on pets as some of the ingredients may not be suitable or beneficial for animals. Diluted salt water can often be used in minor cases to soak sore paws as it also has antiseptic properties.
Natural and Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs
Aloe Vera is an excellent natural remedy for soothing and healing sore dog paws. It is best to use the 100% pure gel instead of mixed blends, which may contain other added ingredients. Aloe Vera is safe to apply directly to pads and is also safe if a dog licks it afterwards. It has many beneficial properties including being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-septic.
Tea Tree Oil diluted in a 1:3 part solution with water is excellent for sore paws, especially where frequent licking is a problem. With both anti-fungal and anti-septic properties, Tea Tree is an ideal natural remedy for minor dog sores and wounds.
NOTE: - It is always important to remember that any kind of home or self-treatment for your dog should NEVER replace that of a vet or medical professional were needed.