Dogs Paw Pads Peeling

Dog’s don’t wear shoes every time they step outside – surely, there are consequences for taking on the world barefooted?

Dog’s paws are surprisingly resilient against nature and the elements, as they were designed to be.

So if you realize your dog’s paws are peeling, you may wonder where you went wrong in protecting those precious paws.

Sometimes, you do everything you’re supposed to, and your dog’s paws still look less than normal.

The causes of peeling, cracked, or damaged paw pads range from weather and nervous licking habits to common dog health issues like allergies.

There’s always a fix for beat-up paw pads, and it doesn’t have to involve boots – which is good news for the pups who can’t stand to wear them.

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Frequently asked questions about peeling paw pads

Foreign objects, irritants, hot surfaces, allergies, and disease are all potential culprits for your dog’s peeling paw pads.

Exposure to the elements

For dog owners living in hot or cold climates, seasonal weather presents unique challenges. In the winter, rock salt, sand, anti-freeze, and other chemicals are often used to melt snow and ice. These chemicals can cause pain and irritation to your dog’s paw pads and result in peeling over time. In the summertime, hot asphalt can lead to cracking, blisters, and burns on dogs’ paw pads.

What causes dog’s paw pads to peel?

Dogs spend lots of time running and walking on their four paws. This leaves them vulnerable to potential injury or irritation to pads on the underside of the paws. While they may look tough, dog paws contain skin, bone, tendons, and ligaments, much like other body parts subject to injury. Here are four common reasons why your dog’s paw pads are peeling:


How long do dogs pads take to heal?

Yes. Sometimes it is normal for a dog’s paw to peel considering that his day-to-day activities like walking, running, or jumping is enough to cause some level of stress on his feet.