Should I shave my dogs paw pads? Here’s What to Expect

Functions of Dog Paw Pads

Should I shave my dogs paw pads?

The pads of your dog are designed to provide extra cushioning to the bones, tendons, and ligaments of the paw and to protect them from shock.

The pads also increase friction when your dog is walking, so they can be said to aid dogs in walking on rough terrains.

That’s why dogs that are bred in areas with rough trains have rougher and thicker paw skins while their counterparts that stay indoors have smoother, softer skin.

Finally, pads have thick fatty tissue layers that insulate your dog’s inner feet tissues from extreme weather temperatures because they don’t conduct cold and heat as quickly.

Despite their tough design and the fact that they take a lot of punishment to serve the above-mentioned functions, paw pads also get hurt. And if they do, healing is sometimes slow.

To protect your pup’s well-being, therefore, you need to take care of his paws. Your dog needs his paws to be in top shape for him to stay on the go.

So, it is your responsibility to take care of them and ensure that your canine buddy is able to keep moving.

Choose the Right Tool

As you can see in my video above, you can either use scissors or a small pair of clippers to remove the hair from your pups paws. Personally, I prefer to use clippers because they are much safer than scissors.

Most groomers will also advise against scissors. Since youre cutting so close to the skin and the pads of your dogs feet, theres a chance youll accidentally cut into your dog when using a pair of scissors, especially if its a large pair. Its not impossible to cut a dog with clippers either, but it is much less likely.

How to Remove Hair from Dog Paws

Learning how to remove hair from dog paws is actually simple. Youll need to go slowly and be careful because working so close to your dogs paws means the dog will be sensitive, and theres a chance you may cut the pads of a dogs feet.

Learn How to Shave Your Dog’s Feet from The Soggy Doggy