With that in mind, you should be responsible in caring for your dog’s paw pads, because a little infection can go a long way. Here are some tips on how to help your dog survive a day without getting paw pad injuries:
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Examine your dog’s pads before and after workouts by pressing the bottom and sides of each pad, inspecting webbing, and looking closely at the surface of the pads. Check nails for discoloration — a white nail with a brown center, for example — and swelling or redness where the nail goes into the toe, both conditions that could indicate infection.
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Treatment for cracked pads would depend on the cause of the condition. The cracked pads can be softened by soaking the dog’s feet in warm water and applying Vaseline or petroleum jelly every day. Neosporin can be used on the dog’s paws to prevent infection. Other commercially prepared paw rubs can be used to moisten and soften the pads. Cut paw pads are slow to heal because the dog cannot be prevented from using the injured foot. Bandaging the injured foot would prevent infection and would allow the dog to use the foot more comfortably. Cracked paw pads can get infected if constantly worried by the pet. A protective doggie bootie or an E-collar will prevent the dog from constantly licking and biting the cracked paw pads.
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