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Caring for Fido’s Paws

Does your dog sometimes put a paw on your leg in an adorable show of doggy support? Fido’s paws are certainly super cute, but they’re also very important to his health and well-being. After all, without them, your canine buddy couldn’t jump for joy when you come home, or run after his favorite toy. Here, a North Las Vegas, NV vet discusses doggy paw care.

Nails

Overgrown nails can cause quite a few problems for dogs. They can be pretty uncomfortable, just as long toenails can be for us. Fido doesn’t have the option of grabbing a set of clippers himself, so he may change his stride to compensate. This can be hard on his bones and muscles, and can contribute to painful medical conditions, like arthritis. If you are uneasy cutting your pup’s claws, you aren’t alone: many people are afraid they will cut too close, and accidentally hurt their four-legged buddies. Consider getting clippers with sensors in them, which will show you where to cut. Or, just contact us to schedule a quick pawdicure.

Paw Balm

We probably don’t have to tell you that Nevada can get pretty hot in summer. Walking barefoot on hot surfaces is no more fun for dogs than it is for us! Our furry pals can get burns, blisters, and abrasions by running on hot or abrasive surfaces. Fido’s paws are especially sensitive after he’s been swimming: just like human skin, doggy paw pads are very delicate when they are wet. Keep your pooch on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm to protect his feet.

Grooming

Does Fido have those adorable toe-fur tufts? If so, you may want to keep these trimmed back. They can get matted and gunky, which can be quite uncomfortable for your furry buddy.

Paw Checks

Get into the habit of checking Fido’s paws regularly. Watch for insect bites, cuts, or other signs of injuries. Ask your vet for more information.

Cute Tricks

Is your pooch shy about having his paws handled? One great way to help change your pup’s mind is to teach him to associate getting his feet touched with good things … like snacks. Train Fido to Gimme Paw by offering him a tasty treat when he obliges.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your North Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, today!

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