What Should You Do if Your Dog’s Pads Start to Peel?
There are several things you can do to heal your dog’s paws.
The best thing you can do is keep the pads hydrated by applying a good moisturizer or cream. You can also put some petroleum jelly on them to help seal in the moisture. There are also special paw moisturizers at the pet stores.
If the pads are cracked and bleeding, you may need to apply a bandage until they heal. It will keep them from becoming infected.
What is the purpose of paw pads?
Dog paw pads help them grip the ground when they walk around, which gives them balance and helps them get around more easily. They protect the paws from abrasions and cuts and provide traction when walking. Paw pads also help dogs grip slippery surfaces like grass or sand.
Paw pads protect dogs from getting injured by rough surfaces or sharp objects, like rocks and sticks. They also help dogs keep their claws sharp, so they don’t get caught on things like furniture or carpeting.
How do you know if your dog’s paws are healthy?
First of all, check them out from all angles. Spread their toes apart and inspect them side by the side of their paw pads and between toes for any strange objects or injuries.
Next, look at their nails: if they’re long and have a lot of calcium buildup, they could have arthritis in the joints. If they’re short and have no calcium buildup, then they probably have no arthritis.
If your dog still has sore spots on its paws after checking out these signs and symptoms, see a vet immediately. They may be able to help you prevent further damage to the joints or even fix any problems that are already present.
How to treat Peeling Paw Pads
Another common paw pad injury develops when dogs exercise for an unusually long period of time or on rough, sharp or hot surfaces. You may notice loose skin (like a blister) on the bottom of your dog’s paws or even a raw ulcer.
Peeling away of the paw pad is often the most visible injury, in which the thick outer covering is peeled away due running or skidding on hard or rough areas, and the tender inner part becomes exposed. This can happen due to it being worn away or due to burning or blistering that causes the pads to peel.