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Doggy Paw Care

Does your pet put a paw on your leg when he wants ear scritches or a walk? Does Fido know how to Shake or Gimme Five? Your pet’s furry feet are crucial to his health and well-being, so it’s important to take good care of them. Read on for some great doggy paw care tips from a Jacksonville Beach, FL vet.

Clipping Fido’s Claws

Overgrown nails are very problematic for dogs. For one thing, they can make it hard for Fido to gain traction, especially on smooth or slippery surfaces. Long claws are also quite uncomfortable for Man’s Best Friend. Your canine pal may adjust his stride to compensate, which can be very bad for his bones and joints. Of course, many people are nervous about cutting their pets’ nails, and with good reason: if you cut too close, you could cut the quick, which is where your pup’s nerves and blood vessels end. This can cause bleeding, and is also a bit painful. If you are nervous about giving your furry buddy a pawdicure, invest in clippers with sensors on them. These indicate where to cut, which will take the guesswork out of the process. You can also just call us to schedule a quick nail trim.

Paw Pad Injuries

Fido can easily get painful blisters and abrasions from running around on hot sand, tar, or asphalt. Keep your dog on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm to protect his paws. If you are walking your pooch along a street or sidewalk, keep an eye on the ground, so you can avoid broken glass and other objects. Be extra careful after your furry friend gets out of the water, as doggy paw pads are especially delicate when they are wet.

Pawspection

Get into the habit of checking Fido’s paws regularly. (Tip: this will be much easier if you teach your canine buddy to Shake.) Watch for signs of injury, such as swelling or cuts. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for ticks: these disgusting parasites sometimes latch onto pets’ toes. Contact your vet for anything more than a light scratch. Paw injuries are definitely something to take seriously!

Please contact us, your Jacksonville Beach, FL animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to serve all of your pup’s veterinary care needs.

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