Caring for Your Dog’s Paws

When your dog walks across the kitchen, do his paws make clicking noises on the floor? If so, your furry pal may need his nails clipped! Caring for your canine buddy’s feet doesn’t need to be very time-consuming, but it is very important to your pup’s health and well-being. Read on as a local Bolingbrook, IL vet discusses doggy paw care.


Overgrown nails can be very uncomfortable for our canine pals. If Fido’s nails are too long, he may adjust his stride to compensate, which can put additional stress on his bones and joints. Over time, this can lead or contribute to painful bone/joint trouble, like arthritis. Younger dogs sometimes wear their claws down by running around on asphalt, but if your pet isn’t that active, you may have to clip his claws. If you are uneasy about cutting your dog’s nails yourself, consider getting a nail clipper with sensors, which will take the guesswork out of the process. Of course, you can always just contact us to set up a quick pawdicure for your four-legged buddy.

Paw Protection

Doggy paw pads are quite delicate. Your cute pet could easily get painful blisters or abrasions by running around on hot tar, sand, or asphalt in summer. In wintertime, snow, salt, sand, and ice can all do a number on Fido’s furry feet. In winter, you also have to be careful when walking your pup through fresh snow, as snow can hide dangerous objects, like shards of broken glass. If your pooch won’t go for wearing booties, use paw balm or wax to protect his feet, and keep your canine friend on soft ground as much as possible. Also, be sure to choose pet-safe de-icing products. Ask your vet for more information.

Foot Check

Get into the habit of checking Fido’s paws regularly. Look for cuts, bites, and swelling. You can treat a little scrape yourself with antiseptic, but contact your vet for anything more serious than a light nick. You’ll also want to check for ticks, as sometimes they fasten themselves to the spot between dogs’ toes. Remember to offer your furry buddy a yummy treat afterward, so he forms a good association with having his feet handled.

Please contact us, your local Bolingbrook, IL animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are always happy to help!

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