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Your pets’ paws can tell you a lot about their health and present condition so it is vitally important to be aware of any signs of discomfort, discolouration, excessive licking, twitching or any form of flinching when touched. Pet paws are prone to many common ailments that we as pet parents need to guard against. Here are some common pet paw problems you should be aware of:
Fungal Infections: You should consult your vet if you find your pet licking his paws excessively. This is a tell tale sign of yeast infections. Other symptoms include itching, redness and discharge.
Bacterial Infections: Secondary health problems can cause bacterial infections on the paw pads to develop. Symptoms include licking/biting, redness, swelling, pain/itching and abscess.
PetPeople is proud to be able to offer the Love Your Pooch Paw Butter . Its All Natural formula is a non-hazardous natural blend of ingredients that protect, nourish, replenish and soothe dry, tired, cracked and chapped paws, elbows and noses leaving them soft and hydrated! It is recommended that you cover your pets’ paws with a generous coating of paw butter before every walk and wipe their paws after the walk to reduce the chances of bacterial and fungal infections.
Burns: Hot Asphalt and other hot surfaces can hurt and your pets’ paws. Generally avoid taking them for walks on a hot day but even if you try your best chances are that they will venture into sunny areas where they could risk burning their precious paw pads. This can cause them sever pain so be careful to coat their paws with a protective balm or gel specific for this purpose.
Ingrown Toenail or Torn Toenails: These can be very painful for your pets but with proper Nail Care you can avoid such issues easily.
Hairy Feet: Dogs with lots of hair on their feet can catch gum, sticky asphalt, burrs and thorns in crevices, which can be hard to find and painful to remove. Prevent these problems by having the hair clipped by your groomer. Ingrown hairs manifest in short-haired dogs as tiny pimples and can lead to furunculosis, an infection deep in the hair follicle that can abscess and cause tissue damage.
Ticks and Mites: The paws are a perfect hiding place for pests. Its important to use proper pest control measures so that your pets and your home is safe from harm. You can use the following solutions to protect your pets:
Love Your Pooch Tick and Flea Spray is a non-hazardous natural Blend without poisons or artificial ingredients. The essential oils are blended with the perfect balance to create a strong repellent while being completely non toxic to your beloved pet.
Frontline spray is extremely effective but contains toxins that might harm your pets if they lick their fur after use. People can also show reactions to these sprays so it is recommended that you do not touch your pets’ fur for 24 hours till after use and stop your pets from licking as well. They do work however and keep pests far away.
You can also use Ectofon, a powder you can mix in a bucket of water. Use this solution to rinse your pets’ fur and pests will become more inclined to stay away.
Additionally Biocide Shampoos can also be very effective in reducing the chances of paw or skin infections.
PetPeople recommends that all Pet Parents groom their pets for a least 15 minutes every day during which time they should check their pets’s paws for any of the above mentioned problems. Please take your pets to the vet if they show any signs of pain or discomfort. We highly recommend the Love Your Pooch Paw Butter as a preventive measure to help avoid any possible paw problems and to keep your pets’ feet soft, clean and cared for.
If you have any additional advice or wish to share your pets’s stories with us please leave your comments below. Wishing all pets and pet parents all the very best!