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Between frozen ground in winter, hot bitumen in summer or a possible nutrient deficit, our dogs' pads can be strained.
Here's how to take care of it.
The pad is covered with a thick horn under which lies a more fragile epidermis. Although designed to be strong, a crack, crevice or cut is very painful and can cause walking discomfort or limping (limping dog).
Preparation for treatment
To perform a treatment, it is essential to have your hands free, to protect the floors from greasy care products, to secure your movements and to have all the necessary accessories close to you. You have to be quick, precise and reassuring. This unpleasant moment for everyone will pass quickly and your dog will be relieved.
- To have your hands free (if you are alone), have your pet lie down on a blanket or rug and tie it securely (to a table leg or other).
- To secure your movements and prevent your dog from licking his paws after the treatment, put a collar on him or immobilize his mouth with a cord.
Treat the pad
- After rinsing the pad, look carefully (with a magnifying glass, great) if you see any foreign object. If it does, gently remove it with tweezers. Then disinfect.
- If it is a cracked or cut pad, disinfect.
- In all cases, the damaged skin must be restored by applying a repair cream.
- Coconut oil brings a lot of comfort to a battered pad. Take a deodorized oil, because its irresistible smell is a real temptation for dogs. It should be chosen organic and cold pressed.
- Cicalfate repair cream from Avène laboratories gives excellent results because it is rich in zinc. It penetrates quickly and allows many uses at a very reasonable cost.
- Reward your dog after each treatment, he will quickly understand that you are simply looking to care for him.
Waiting for healing
Depending on the severity of the injury, it may take about two weeks for a complete recovery. To allow your dog to continue walking without a
To make his condition worse, you can put on baby socks that you will double and secure with hair ties. There are dog shoes that can be purchased from specialist pet sites.
Practical, they are recommended for dogs with long hair, because they injure dogs with short hair (friction).
To prevent further injury to the pad, a few precautions can be taken.
- Walk your dog in the cooler hours and avoid asphalt.
- When walking on snow or during periods of more intense activity, coat your dog's pads with a tanning lotion (Solipat or pad care from the Héry laboratory). This kind of care hardens the horn of the pad and leaves a protective film on it. It should be applied every day during the critical period for a good result.
- Rinse your dog's paws if it comes into contact with seawater, snow, or an abrasive surface.
Chronic cushion injury
If your pet has cracked pads very often, they may be lacking in vitamins and trace elements. A blood test and good observation can help improve the situation.
- Does he try to eat the droppings of other dogs?
- Does he have digestive problems?
- Is his hair brittle and his skin covered with dandruff?
These few signs indicate dry skin and a lack of trace elements like zinc.
Help your dog regain beautiful skin
For these delicate doggies, it is necessary to adopt a routine of care.
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your dog's kibble. Interesting, it will not make the dog fat. The energy it releases is immediately used. The body does not store it as fat. Always prefer an organic oil, cold pressed.
- Brewer's yeast is a perfect food supplement rich in vitamins and zinc. Choose a composition without sulfite.
- There are pipettes (Dermoscent Essential 6) to be applied to the skin of the dog that restore the skin microflora.
- When you are enjoying special moments with your dog, continue to hydrate his pads regularly. Creams made from beeswax are excellent (Cold Cream from Avène laboratories).
- Offer your dog a food made with salmon that is high in omega 3.
- And at the slightest recurrence, you have to take out your socks or shoes while waiting for a complete recovery.
For paws at the top!
- Remember to cut your dog's nails regularly. If you're worried about hurting him, ask your vet to do it during his annual visit for his vaccine booster.
- Shave or cut any hair between your dog's toes or on your dog's pads.
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