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A Guide to Keeping Your Dog’s Paws Clean

Rain or shine, our dogs love spending time outdoors. While you may have a grooming routine for your dog’s coat, we tend to overlook checking and cleaning their paws. Whether you’re scrubbing them clean or just wiping mud away, we’re here to give you our paw-some tips for paw grooming.

How Often Should I Clean My Dog’s Paws?

As a general rule, checking your dog’s paws at least once a week is best. By conducting a thorough check, you’ll be able to identify any damage from foreign materials like burrs or glass, swelling or discoloration, and cuts or tears that may be bothering your furry friend. If your dog has a long coat, it may be necessary to conduct paw checks at the end of each day.

Your weekly paw checks are the perfect time to perform routine grooming for your dog. Whether they need a quick rinse or full-service grooming, taking care of your dog’s paws is an essential step to their overall health.

Grooming Your Dog’s Paws

Grooming your dog’s paws encompasses multiple services that maintain their overall health. A typical at-home grooming includes any of the following:

  • Inspecting paws and between toes
  • Trimming hair away from paw pads
  • Cutting long nails
  • Coat brushing
  • Applying paw balm for dry or cracked paws
  • Removing excess dirt

Deeply-embedded objects or mats should be addressed by a professional. If your dog responds to their paw inspection with signs of sensitivity or aggression, hold off on further grooming until you’ve checked in with your veterinarian.

Methods to Keeping Your Dog’s Paws Clean

Now that you know how to properly care for your dog’s paws, you’ll want to keep them clean!

Utilize Dog-Friendly Wet Wipes

If your dog’s paws need a quick refresh, wet wipes are great alternatives to a full-service bath. As with all pet-centered products, it’s important to purchase wipes specifically made for pets to avoid irritation.

Invest in Outdoor Dog Boots

Consider purchasing a set of dog boots for your dog to wear when they go outside. By wearing footwear, your dog is protected from hot or cold temperatures, dangerous objects and infection from pre-existing paw injuries.

Treat Your Dog to a Professional Grooming

Invest in grooming services for stress-free care. By hiring a professional, your dog will receive any of their grooming needs in a safe environment. Plus, they’ll look (and smell) their very best!

How Care First Animal Hospital Can Help

Taking the utmost care of your pets is our priority. Contact us to learn more about our emergency care or grooming services.

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