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Caring For Your Dog’s Paws

September 15 2023

Does your canine companion know any cute paw tricks, such as Shake or Gimme Paw? These classics will never stop being cute! Fido’s furry feet are actually crucial to his health and well-being. Read on for some tips on caring for your pup’s paws from a Rancho Santa Fe, CA veterinarian.

Nail Trims

Keep up with your furry friend’s claw trims. This may sound like a minor aspect of good doggy care, but it’s actually very important. Long nails change the angle of Fido’s toes against the ground, making it hard for him to get a good grip.

Paw Pads

Your dog’s paw pads are also very important. They cushion the shocks against Fido’s bones when he jumps and runs, provide him with traction, and give him information about the surfaces  he’s on. Keep them moist and healthy by using paw balm or wax. You can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or petroleum jelly.

Toe Fur

Those toe fur tufts are cute, but they can be problematic. They can collect gunk, such as that piece of gum someone dropped, and can form painful mats. Keep these clipped!

Paw Inspections

Foxtail grasses are another thing to be aware of. These have sharp seed awls, which can burrow deeply into Fido’s skin, eventually working their way deeper and deeper into his body. Inspect your pup’s feet regularly. You’ll also want to look for bites, bumps, swelling, and, yes, even ticks. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything off.


It’s also important to pay attention to the terrain. When it’s hot out, keep your pooch off scorching sidewalks and driveways. Doggie boots can help with this, though not all dogs will tolerate them. Watch for things like broken glass, sharp shells, and other debris. Your dog’s paws will become extra sensitive after being immersed in water. If you like to head to the beach with your furry pal, you’ll need to be extra cautious after he’s been swimming. 


Many dogs don’t like having their feet handled. If you have a rescue, your canine pal may be extra wary, especially if he’s never had pawdicures before. Teach Fido that he’ll get a yummy snack for giving you his feet. Giving him a ‘pawsitive’ association about having his feet handled could make a world of difference.

Please reach out to us, your Rancho Santa Fe, CA animal clinic, with any questions about your pet’s health or care!  We’re here to help!