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Protect Your Dog’s Vulnerable Body Part: Foot Pads

Dogs are tough creatures. So are their feet and pads, right?

While it is very common that foot pads are injured by stepping on something sharp, but what about something hot?  Pavements and metal surfaces also become very very dangerous for our dogs especially during summer.

Some dogs, especially the active ones, don’t know when to take a break even when it is already very hot outdoors.

Humans remember to wear shoes or sandals and avoid sitting down on hot surfaces during the heat of the day.  But harder to remember during summer is our dogs feet, especially burned pads since they are not apparently visible.

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Here are signs of burned foot pads:

  • limping or refusing to walk
  • licking or chewing at the feet
  • pads darker in color
  • missing part of pad
  • blisters or redness

What can you do about burned pads?

Of course, prevention is better than cure. Do not walk your dog on pavements during the hottest time of the day.  You can also let them wear dog boots, which is very adorable!

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When you have seen signs of burned foot pads, the first thing to remember is to keep the foot area clean. You can use a gentle cleanser or water.

Carry your dog to a grassy or cool area and put a cool compress on the foot.

There might be deeper burns and infections.  For this, you must take your dog to the vet so that your dog can take antibiotics and pain medication if needed.

 

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