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How to Properly Care for Your Dog's Paw Pads | Preventive Vet (1)Let’s talk about paw pads! Foot care is just as important for our dogs as it is for us humans — dogs can suffer from blisters or torn paw pads, burnt paws from walking on pavement that’s too hot, or mats between their toes. Ouch!

Injured paw pads make walking painful and can get infected, and mats between their toes can cause walking problems or a variety of skin issues if your dog licks at them.

It’s important to properly care for your dog’s feet beyond making sure their nails are trimmed, and it’s pretty simple!

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  1. What Are Paw Pads?
  2. Trimming Paw Pad Fur
  3. Common Dog Paw Issues

What Exactly Are Paw Pads?

Paw pads consist of a layer of pigmented skin, usually pink or black, covering fatty tissue. Since fat is insulating, these give your pup's paws a bit of protection from colder surfaces in the winter.

They’re also an integral part of your dog’s foot structure and work in conjunction with your dog’s nails (which provide protection for the pads). Paw pads help with your dog’s balance, and provide traction, stability, and shock absorption, too.

You might notice that your dog’s paw pads are rough and calloused or smooth and soft — this all depends on the terrain your dog regularly walks on. If you take your dog hiking often, or they take regular walks out on asphalt, they’ll have more calloused paw pads due to the exposure to rougher terrain.

If your dog is older and doesn’t walk as much, or spends most of their outside time running around on grass, their paw pads are likely to be smoother (and more likely to tear when they do walk on rougher surfaces).

Just as we humans can build up calluses by incremental exposure to rough surfaces, you can do the same with your dog if you plan on frequent hikes or know they’ll be walking on rougher surfaces throughout their life. Start with shorter periods of time on these surfaces to let the pad build up toughness over time.

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Paw Pad Maintenance and Care

Make it a habit to check your dog’s paw pads regularly. Gently spread their toes apart and inspect the sides of their paw pads and between their toes for any injuries or foreign objects (like burrs, pebbles, or dangerous foxtails). It’s also a good time to check for any swelling or discoloration. Watch to see if your dog shows any signs that they are in pain or have tenderness when examining their foot.

Questions? To chat with a veterinarian about your dog's paw health, Click here

Avoid Walking Your Dog on Hot Pavement

Hot pavement or asphalt can burn your dog's paw pads. You can easily check to see if the ground is too hot for your dog to walk on by placing the back of your hand flat on the pavement and trying to hold it there for 7 seconds. If it’s too hot for you to keep it there for the full time, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on! If the pavement is that hot, it’s probably too hot for a dog walk or other outdoor activities.

Keep your dog's potty walks during hot weather short, try to walk your dog on grass and in the shade, and have lots of cool, fresh water available for frequent rehydration.

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How to Care for Your Dog's Paws in Winter

Winter can also be tough on your dog’s paw pads, with snow, ice, and salt. No ice-melt product is completely safe for your dog and many can cause your dog’s paw pads to dry out, crack, or even burn, and can be toxic if your dog ingests it by licking it off their paws. Try to avoid walking them on salt-treated sidewalks if possible. Click here to learn more about which ice melters are safer for your pet if you need to de-ice your driveway or sidewalk.

  • Keep your dog's paw pads trimmed of excess fur between their toes. This way they won't collect paw "snowballs" between their toes as easily. These snowballs form when snow and ice get wrapped up in dog fur, melt from their body heat, and then refreeze. Snowballs on your dog's feet and legs can cause a lot of pain and discomfort since they are pushing your dog's toes apart and pulling on the hair. See below for our cordless trimmer suggestion, one that many groomers use.
  • Have your dog wear booties outside during the winter. Or, if they don't tolerate boots, apply paw wax prior to going outside in the snow or ice. Check out my top picks for dog boots, including disposable options, further below.
  • Wash and dry your dog's paws after any trip outside – especially if they've been walking on salt-treated surfaces. If your dog's paws have collected snowballs, use some paw wax to slide the ice out from between their toes before washing with warm water. A portable paw washer, like the Dexas Mudbuster, can give you a quick and easy way to wash off your pup's paws with less mess!

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Protect Your Dog's Paws with Paw Wax

An easy way to protect your dog’s paws is to use paw pad waxes, which are a great option if your dog doesn’t tolerate wearing booties or you can't find one that stays on. Paw pad wax, like Musher’s Secret (originally created for working sled dogs), is easy to apply and moisturizes their paw pad, creating a barrier around your dog’s foot that repels ice, salt, dirt, and helps protect your dog’s paw pad from burns. Think of it as an invisible boot! Apply to their paws just before heading outside.

Should You Moisturize Your Dog's Paws?

You should moisturize your dog's paw pads if they are cracked, peeling, or too dry. Avoid using human lotions or moisturizers and stick with products made specifically for canine paws. Be careful not to overdo it — if your dog already has soft paw pads, moisturizing them can make them more susceptible to tearing or ripping when they walk on rough surfaces.

Keeping Your Dog's Paw Pads Trimmed and Mat-Free

Keeping the fur or hair that grows between your dog’s paw pads nice and short can also help to keep their feet healthy and provide more traction on slippery surfaces.

When their paw pads are trimmed it’s easier for you to inspect and clean their paws, and keeps ice build-up out from between their toes during snowy weather. It also helps to prevent any matting between your dog’s toes, which can be painful and cause your dog to chew at their feet (which leads to hot spots and other skin issues). Some dogs don’t have much fur growing on the bottom of their feet, but medium to thick-coated dogs tend to have fuzzy feet that can benefit from trimming.

It's easy to trim your dog's paw pads at home using grooming clippers! I personally recommend the Wahl Bravura clippers for paw pad trims (and even sanitary – aka "poop chute" – trims if your dog needs them). Because it's cordless, it's easy to use and has a 5-in-1 blade with different length options. The #10 length setting is the best length for paw pad trims.

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Watch Preventive Vet's office dog Finnegan (a Portuguese Water Dog with incredibly fluffy feet) get his paws trimmed at home with the Wahl Bravura in this video:


Check out this video from Love of Grooming to see a groomer explain the holding and scooping technique:

Pro Tip: Preventing mats is much better than having to shave and trim them out! The easiest way to prevent matting is to keep their coat thoroughly brushed.

If you have a breed or breed mix whose coat is prone to matting and tangling, make sure to brush out their legs, feet, and between their toes frequently — especially after getting wet! Moisture causes a dog's coat to curl and twist around itself, which results in mats galore if it isn't brushed out while drying.

Toe Tangles and Mats

If you notice that your dog has a mat between their toes or between their paw pads, you can try using olive oil to loosen the mat, or if your dog allows it, try gently combing it out. Often a dog will not tolerate having a foot mat combed out, as it can be extremely painful. I recommend having a professional groomer help you with any matting on your dog’s feet*.

*Grooming Safety Warning: Scissors can cause injury to your dog during grooming. Do not use scissors to try and trim paw pads or trim out mats unless you are properly trained in these grooming techniques, have the proper tools, and feel comfortable doing so. Dogs can be very sensitive about their feet and might be extra wiggly when you’re holding their paws.

Using scissors instead of clippers to trim out any matting often results in injury. If that happens you’ll need to go to the veterinarian for treatment and medication to prevent infection (which can be costly), plus your dog will be much less willing to be handled the next time. It’s oftentimes easier and safer to leave mat trimming to the professionals.

Protect Your Dog's Paws with Dog Boots

A paw pad injury can be very painful for your dog, whether it’s from ripping a paw pad during excessive running and play, cutting a pad while on a hike, ice build-up between their pads, or burning and blistering from walking on hot surfaces. The best way to protect your dog’s paw pads from wear and tear is to have your dog wear booties when they are participating in activities or in environments that could damage their pads. Look for a sturdy, well-fitted, and non-slip boot for your pup.

These PawZ dog boots are great disposable dog booties that provide protection against hot pavement, rain, snow, environmental allergies and provide traction for senior pets. They are available in a variety of sizes (there's even a "tiny" size for teacup breeds or puppy feet!) and in packs of 12. Each boot can be reused multiple times before tossing.

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PRO TIP: Many senior dogs wear these PawZ boots for extra traction around the home. To allow for airflow around the paw pad, simply use a hole puncher to punch one or two holes in the bottom of the bootie. While this does take away the waterproof feature of the boots, it allows for longer indoor wear without stinky or sweaty paws.

Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boots

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These rugged dog boots are easy to size and introduce to your pup because of their lightweight and soft material.

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Muttluks Snow Mushers Winter Dog Boots

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Keep your dog's paws toasty warm in these Muttluks! Specifically made for cold weather and snowy climates, these are a great choice for winter with their fleece lining and rubber soles.

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How to Help Your Dog Get Used to Wearing Boots

It’s always a good idea to introduce booties slowly with some desensitization techniques to help your dog feel less stressed by their new kicks and more comfortable moving about in them.

Watch this video to see how easy it is to teach your dog to love wearing their boots:

How Paw Pads & Nails Help Your Dog's Mobility

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Traction is especially important for senior dogs and those with osteoarthritis! A dog's paw pads provide some natural traction, but their nails actually play a larger role in traction on slippery surfaces, balance, and gait.

Are Traction Pads, Coating, or Powders Worth It?

You may have seen products that you apply to your dog's pads to provide more traction, from stickers to powders. These aren't ideal because dogs sweat through their paw pads and shouldn't be covered, especially long-term. Unlike the exterior of a dog's toenails, paw pads are full of nerves and more touch-sensitive, so we don’t know how these materials impact the dog's sensation and comfort.

Paw pad solutions are notorious for falling off quickly (generally within one week or less) and need to be reapplied often. Ultimately, they can help with traction, but they don't take into account that nails, not paw pads, are a dog's primary traction mechanism.

What's Best for Better Traction?

When your dog starts to slip, their natural reaction is to engage their nails to steady themselves. This works well in certain environments, such as outdoors in the grass or dirt. But on surfaces like tile, wood floors, laminate, or concrete, it's much harder for them to "get a grip!" One way to help increase traction is to have your dog wear nail grips. We love Dr. Buzby's toegrips.

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Nail grips help your dog gain traction when getting up or walking on slippery surfaces by providing a point of contact (and therefore traction) between the nail and the floor. Nail grips also don't interfere with your dog's paw pads and are easier for your dog to wear compared to booties. Once fitted, they typically last a couple of months before needing to be replaced.

It's essential to keep your senior dog's nails at a short length. Too long and they can change the way they stand and walk, putting uncomfortable pressure on their feet and joints. Untrimmed nails can curl under and grow into a dog's paw pad (most often seen with dewclaws), split, or get caught on carpet or other materials and be ripped out.

Combine regular nail trims with trimming your aging dog's paw pad fur regularly and putting out floor mats or carpets so they can get around your home with less slipping. Wearing dog booties, like those featured above, may also help prevent them from sliding around on tile or wood floors, but won't provide as much help as nail traction support. For more tips on helping your dog stay mobile, check out How to Help an Older Dog with Arthritis or Mobility Issues.

Common Dog Paw Issues

Smelly Paws

Dog paws can smell for a variety of reasons. They have sweat glands in their paw pads that help them cool down in hot weather, and they have scent glands as well that let them leave behind their pheromones so others knew they were there (which is why many dogs scrape their feet on the grass or kick the dirt after going to the bathroom).

More commonly, people complain (and others find it oddly comforting) that their dog's feet smell like corn chips. This smell is from bacteria or yeast on your dog's feet, usually between their toes and paw pads. If you notice a smell, inspect your dog's toes, between the paw pads, and the base of the nail bed. Infected nails may be brittle, irregular, or soft. There may be discoloration and a "film" over the nail, or mild to moderate swelling at the nail bed.

Yeast and bacteria on your dog's feet are normal, and your dog's immune system works to keep them at a manageable number. However, if you're noticing that your dog's paws really reek of Fritos, or their nails appear infected, visit your veterinarian to find out the cause and treat the infection. Sometimes these infections are caused by food or environmental allergies. Make sure to thoroughly wipe and dry off your dog's paws after they take a trip outside to help prevent an overload of yeast and bacteria between their toes.

Hyperkeratosis

Do your dog's paw pads look rough, thick, or crusty? Does it look like they've got fur growing from their paw pads? This is called canine hyperkeratosis, and you might see it on their paw pads or on their nose. Hyperkeratosis can be genetic or the result of an underlying medical condition, so it's important you speak with your vet if you notice it. In the meantime, you can keep your dog's paws moisturized and protected with paw pad balm to reduce your dog's discomfort.

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FAQs

What will a vet do for a cut paw pad? ›

Your vet will be able to thoroughly clean your dog's cut paw pad, provide antibiotics to fight infection, and pain meds to help your dog cope with the pain of a cut paw.

How do I treat my dogs paw pads? ›

To treat a foot pad injury, first rinse the affected foot under cool water to remove debris. Next, apply an antibacterial ointment or solution, like Neosporin, on the wound. Finally, place a non-stick telfa pad over the foot pad(s) and lightly wrap with vet wrap or an ace bandage.

When should I take my dog to the vet for a paw pad? ›

Scrapes and cuts on your dog's paw pad that are minor can often be managed at home, however, deeper cuts will have to be cared for by a veterinarian. If your dog's cut is deep, ragged, or has debris lodged in it you will need to head to your vet or the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.

Do vets stitch paw pads? ›

Our veterinarians may need to stitch your dog's paw if:

The wound is jagged. It's a clean cut, but it's fairly deep and long. The wound is bleeding a lot, or it won't stop bleeding.

How long does a paw pad take to heal? ›

But because paw pads are made up of tough keratinized epithelium the healing process can take up to three weeks.

How long does it take for a dog's paw pad to heal? ›

Paw pads can take anywhere from 14 to 21 days to heal, but it depends on the wound and the reason for the bleeding. Deeper punctures will take longer to heal than cracked, dry paw pads and may require your dog to take it easy for a few days so as to not put too much pressure on the paw.

Are pink paw pads more sensitive? ›

Some pads are pink or partly pink – the pink parts are the most sensitive ones, and will be the first to tear or burn. Remember to re-check those pads periodically, especially in the summer months, so that you'll notice when the texture changes, when they become dried out, or when white burn marks begin to show up.

Why are my dogs pads so rough? ›

Most of the time, dry dog pads can be traced back to four environmental causes: hot pavement, wintery conditions, exposure to chemicals, and allergies. If none of these are present, an underlying medical issue could be to blame. Walking on hot, dry concrete can cause rough and cracked paw pads.

Should you moisturize dog paws? ›

You should moisturize your dog's paw pads if they are cracked, peeling, or too dry. Avoid using human lotions or moisturizers and stick with products made specifically for canine paws.

Should I let my dog lick his cut paw? ›

Licking might offer some protection against certain bacteria, but there are serious drawbacks to letting your dog lick wounds. Excessive licking can lead to irritation, paving the way for hot spots, infections, and potential self-mutilation. Licking and chewing can also slow healing by reopening wounds.

How do you treat an injured pad? ›

Necessary steps to fix a dog paw pad injury
  1. Clean out the wound (as best you can with warm water)
  2. Clean the wound with Betadine.
  3. Use tweezers to get out stuck particles.
  4. Dry the paw pad.
  5. Apply some antibiotic ointment.
  6. Apply a bandage.
  7. Seek veterinary care.

How do you wrap a paw pad? ›

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How much does it cost to stitch a dog's paw? ›

In the United States, dog stitches cost between $100 – $300. The figure depends on a few factors, though. Some conditions may require your dog to be examined thoroughly. Examination costs between $30 and $45 and the cost will be added to the bill.

How do you keep a sock on a dog's paw? ›

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How do I know if my dog's wound is healing? ›

As long as you don't see the blackened or dying tissue and you do see new soft pink tissue forming, that means the wound is healing appropriately and soon the maturation stage of the wound will begin, As the wound enters the final stage of healing the wound will be much smaller and the flesh will be less of a pink ...

Do dog pads heal quickly? ›

In fact, wounds or injuries to a dog's paw pad can often take longer to heal than wounds found elsewhere on the body because paws can be more sensitive, especially in between the toes. Moist skin takes longer to heal, which makes recovery challenging.

Can I put Vaseline on my dogs paws? ›

If boots don't feel right for your best friend, try Vaseline or a paw balm such as Musher's Secret. Before walks, coat the balm on your dog's paws to create a barrier that prevents snow, ice, and salt from getting between your pup's toes. The balm or Vaseline also keeps their paw pads hydrated.

Can you use Neosporin on dogs paws? ›

If your pooch got into a scrape, chances are good that you can use a small amount of Neosporin to help prevent infection in the wound. Superficial injuries, such as scrapes, abrasions, and small cuts, may benefit from this trifecta of a topical antibiotic.

How do I know if my dogs paw is infected? ›

Signs of an infection in the paws include licking and chewing the paws, redness, swelling, pain, itching, and drainage. Typically, the skin between the toes and other skin folds is affected with itching, redness, and greasy discharge. Sometimes, brown discoloration of the nails.

Why do dogs paw pads turn pink? ›

Dogs have sensitive paws that can turn pink due to inflammation of the paws (pododermatitis). Allergies, skin conditions, overgrown nails, injuries, and burns are the biggest causes of pink paw pads in dogs. Paw inflammation is painful and can escalate into more severe infections that take time to heal.

What is a dog's pad made of? ›

All paw pads are made up of adipose (fat) tissue and elastic fibers. The pads are covered by heavily pigmented, and thick skin—the thickest kind of canine skin. Dogs who spend a lot of time on hard surfaces can have tougher, more thickly calloused paws, while other more pampered paws may be smoother.

How can I moisturize my dog's paws naturally? ›

Shea Butter – Applying shea butter can soothe and hydrate their dry paws, it can also be useful for hot spots on dogs. Shea Butter is the fat from the nuts that grow on the African shea tree. Its natural ingredient is popularly known for the moisturizing properties.

Should dog paws be pink or black? ›

Your Dog's Paws Are Naturally Pink and Black

Typically, most canines' fur and paws turn darker as they age (for reasons discussed above). Sometimes your dog's beans won't go black at all but brown. This is all in the genes as well, and some dog breeds have brown noses as well as brown paw pads.

What can I use to moisturize my dogs paws? ›

It's not unusual for dogs to have cracked or dry pads. If dogs spend a lot of time on rough surfaces such as concrete runs, they will eventually have thickened pads. Dr. Hammer says, "The best thing to do is rub Vitamin E cream into the pad just like you would if you used hand lotion on your own hands.

Is coconut oil good for dogs paws? ›

Relieves Sore Paws

Coconut oil can help protect their paws from getting sore and irritated. It not only moisturizes the skin on the paws, but it can act as a protective balm, and create a barrier between your dog's paws, and any irritants.

Can I put coconut oil on my dogs paw pads? ›

Coconut Oil for Your Dog's Paws

If you find that your pup's paws are dry or cracked, you can use coconut oil to help soothe and heal them.

Why do my dogs paws feel like sandpaper? ›

Dry and rough paw pads are often caused by exposures to certain toxins and underlying allergies, not just lack of moisture.

Can dogs heal humans? ›

Dogs don't have to be certified therapy animals to help their human counterparts– all dogs have the ability to help and heal us in ways that nothing else can. In fact, science has proven that interacting with a friendly dog reduces cortisol levels through oxytocin release.

Why does my dog like to lick my period blood? ›

Their olfactory receptors can even detect changes in human anatomy so the smell of period blood is not a problem for them. All of these things can cause a dog to want to understand the period blood more. They may react to it by sniffing or licking the period blood.

Is it okay to taste dog saliva? ›

Recent case reports demonstrate the harms of Capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria in dog saliva, which can cause severe disease and death in humans. C . canimorsus is a bacteria that commonly is found in the mouths of dogs and cats.

How often should you change a dog's bandage? ›

Bandages need to be changed every 2-3 days. This allows us to check the degree of wound healing, notice infection and prevent sores from developing. Dogs & cats sweat from their paws, so it is imperative that we do not allow them to become “cheesy” inside the bandage.

How do you use a vet wrap? ›

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Can you use human gauze on dogs? ›

You should never attempt to use bandages marketed for human use (often called Band-Aids), Neosporin, or any type of liquid bandage on a pet's injury.

Can I use super glue on my dogs cut? ›

Bite wounds are dirty and you will be trapping the bacteria and it will cause an abscess; no matter how bad it looks it must heal from the inside/out. Do not use super glue to close wounds after road rash, do not use it on lacerations that are dirty, and do not use it if there is any chance the wound might be infected.

What happens if my dog licks his stitches? ›

Do not allow your dog to lick or scratch at the incision, as there is a danger that the dog may pull out the stitches or may introduce an infection into the incision. As long as the incision is not bandaged, inspect it at least twice daily.

Can cracked paw pads cause limping? ›

While wear and tear on your pup's paws is normal, dry cracked dog paws are a cause for concern. Be on the lookout for rough, uneven paws with cracks on the pads, often accompanied by abnormal behavior, including symptoms such as: Limping. Licking or chewing the paw pads.

Can I leave dog socks on overnight? ›

Can dogs wear non-slip dog socks all the time? It's not recommended to keep the socks on 24/7 but you can keep them on for several hours. Leroy has been wearing them mostly when he is upstairs with us because that is when he struggles the most to get up.

Can I use baby socks for dogs? ›

Like dog shoes, not every dog will tolerate wearing socks. You can just take a pair of your old socks or little baby socks and see if they will work. You should be watchful when putting socks on your dog's feet, as some dogs will be tempted to chew them.

Is it OK to put socks on dogs? ›

Dog boots or socks interfere with your dog's natural ability to grip the ground with the toenails. Dogs rely on their toenails to gain traction and dig into the ground like soccer cleats. What comes naturally to them becomes impossible when wearing booties or socks.

How can I make my dogs wound heal faster? ›

Here are a few ways you can lower your dog's activity levels so their healing process can work its magic in peace:
  1. Walk them on a shorter leash.
  2. Keep them from going up or down the stairs too often.
  3. Don't let them jump onto the furniture.
  4. Avoid any play-dates with pets that may try to roughhouse with them.
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How fast do dog wounds heal? ›

On average, it takes a month for a dog's wound to heal. Depending on the type of injury, a simple wound or infection that requires no surgical repair can take 1 to 2 weeks to heal. What is this? For wounds requiring mild surgical procedures, it could take 3 to 5 weeks.

What does an infected dog wound look like? ›

Signs of infection

Redness. Swelling. Heat. Pus (white, green or yellow liquid)

Can I walk my dog with a cut paw pad? ›

Paw Pad Injuries in Dogs

Unfortunately, this area does not hold stitches well, which is why cuts and punctures take longer to heal. Also, walking on an open wound can delay healing, and infection may occur. If this happens, the dog could end up with a bigger problem.

How do you tell if dogs paw pad is infected? ›

Signs of an infection in the paws include licking and chewing the paws, redness, swelling, pain, itching, and drainage. Typically, the skin between the toes and other skin folds is affected with itching, redness, and greasy discharge. Sometimes, brown discoloration of the nails.

Can I put Neosporin on my dog's wound? ›

If your pooch got into a scrape, chances are good that you can use a small amount of Neosporin to help prevent infection in the wound. Superficial injuries, such as scrapes, abrasions, and small cuts, may benefit from this trifecta of a topical antibiotic.

What antibiotic ointment is safe for dogs? ›

A good basic choice for an antibiotic cream for dogs is a cream that contains either neomycin or bacitracin. Both of these ingredients are typically safe for dogs and are easily found over the counter in a wide variety of stores.

Do dogs pads heal quickly? ›

Over time, dog paws build up a callous and become stronger—especially if the dog spends a lot of time on rough surfaces. But if paw pads become rough and dry, they won't heal as quickly from normal wear and tear, and they can cause pain and irritation for your pup.

How do you keep a sock on a dog's paw? ›

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How do I know if my dogs wound is healing? ›

As long as you don't see the blackened or dying tissue and you do see new soft pink tissue forming, that means the wound is healing appropriately and soon the maturation stage of the wound will begin, As the wound enters the final stage of healing the wound will be much smaller and the flesh will be less of a pink ...

Can you use Vaseline on dog paws? ›

If boots don't feel right for your best friend, try Vaseline or a paw balm such as Musher's Secret. Before walks, coat the balm on your dog's paws to create a barrier that prevents snow, ice, and salt from getting between your pup's toes. The balm or Vaseline also keeps their paw pads hydrated.

What can I soak my dogs sore feet in? ›

Epsom salts

Fill your bathtub up about 3-4 inches with warm water. Add a few cups of Epsom salts, stir them in, and have your dog stand in there for 15-20 minutes. This foot soak will encourage healing and drying out the inflamed, moist dermatitis lesions that can occur between the toes.

Can I put hydrogen peroxide on my dog? ›

Emmy award-winning veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber confirms that hydrogen peroxide is safe for cleaning small wounds on your dog. However, he adds that there is no medically known benefit to using hydrogen peroxide for dogs instead of water and soap when cleaning out smaller, less-serious wounds.

Is it OK to put hydrogen peroxide on dog wounds? ›

DO NOT use soaps, shampoos, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, herbal preparations, tea tree oil, or any other product to clean an open wound, unless specifically instructed to do so by your veterinarian. Some of these products are toxic if taken internally, while others can delay healing.

How do you tell if a dog wound is infected or healing? ›

Normally, it may take about a week for the inflammation to wear off, but it also depends on how severe the wound is as well as your dog's overall health. Look out for signs of possible infection such as prolonged pain, heat, redness, pus, and a foul smell coming from the area of the wound.

What happens if a dog licks Neosporin? ›

“The main concern regarding ingestion of Neosporin is the potential impact to the GI flora (normal gut bacteria), resulting in GI upset such as vomiting and diarrhea,” explains Dr. Grimmett. “A second potential cause of GI upset would be the lubricant base, which could also give them diarrhea, etc.”

How do you treat an infected paw? ›

Treatments may include topical therapy such as shampoo washes, foot soaks, or wipes for secondary bacterial and yeast infections. Oral antibiotics and anti-fungals may be required for more severe cases.

Can you put aquaphor on dog paws? ›

Yes. You can use Aquaphor to help your dog's superficial skin issues such as crusty noses, dry and cracked paw pads, and dry elbows.

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