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Doggy Paw Care

July 15, 2023

Our canine companions have apparently chosen the pawprint as their official icon. That’s definitely fitting: dogs’ paws are not only super cute, they’re crucial to his health and well being. After all, Fido uses his furry feet for running after Frisbees, jumping to greet you at the door, and putting a paw on your leg to show affection (or perhaps beg for attention.) It’s important to take care of them! A Plano, IL vet offers some advice on this below.

Nail Trims

Nail trims may not sound like a big deal, but they’re more important than you may realize. Overgrown nails can interfere with the angle of Fido’s toes against the ground. This in turn affects the way he stands, walks, and runs. Overtime, long claws can strain dogs’ bones and joints, and can aggravate issues such as arthritis. They also increase the risk of your canine pal slipping and falling.

Toe Fur

Those toe fur tufts some dogs have on their feet are pretty cute. However, they can cause a few problems. In the winter, they tend to collect ice balls, which aren’t very comfortable. They can also get matted and gunky. Gently trim these, using round end scissors.

Paw Pads

Did you know that Fido’s toe beans look like a koala bear if viewed upside down? (Just when you thought dogs couldn’t get any cuter … ) Fido’s paw pads are actually extremely important and extremely sensitive. They act as shock absorbers, and also help your pooch gauge surface temperatures. Paw wax can keep them moisturized, and prevent cracking and chafing.

Another thing to be aware of is the fact that dogs can easily pick up traces of dust, pollen, and chemicals on their paws. They can then ingest these dangerous substances just by licking their feet. You may want to get into the habit of wiping your canine buddy’s paws down before you bring him in. Keep a spray bottle and some clean cloths in a decorative basket or bin near the door.


Does your furry friend hate having his feet touched? Teach him that he gets a really yummy treat for giving you his paw. This may change your pup’s mind, which will make things much easier for you both down the line.

As your Plano, IL pet hospital, we’re here for you! Contact us for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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