As a devoted dog owner, I've always gone the extra mile to ensure the well-being and comfort of my four dogs! One of the essential products in my arsenal of pet care items is our 100% natural push up paw balm.
The Importance of Paw Balm!
Our canine companions rely on their paws for so much—running, playing, walking and even making those naughty holes in the back garden... Just like our hands and feet, their paws can become dry, cracked, and even painful if not properly cared for. This is where paw balm steps in to save the day.
Think of a dogs paws like a shock absorber, every step they take is cushioned by their paw pads! Paw Pads even help regulate body temp, allow dogs to sweat, and help with balance!
Cracked paw pads can be excruciating for our furry friends, when the paw pads dry up they can eventually crack, much like humans! Cracked paw pads can have countless negative complications, and can significantly impact your dogs wellbeing.
Infections: Cracked paws can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other pathogens, leading to painful infections that may require veterinary care.
Limping and Discomfort: Dogs with cracked paws often limp or refuse to walk due to the pain, which can significantly affect their quality of life. Cracked paws can even result in poor posture which can eventually lead to joint pain and even permanent joint damage.
Long-term Damage: Ignoring paw health can result in long-term damage, requiring extensive treatment and potential lifestyle changes for your furry companion.
What Causes Dry and Cracked Paws?
- Environmental Exposure: Dogs' paw pads can become dry and cracked due to exposure to harsh elements like hot pavement, cold surfaces, and rough terrain.
- Physical Activity: Excessive exercise or rough play can cause abrasions and cracks on a dog's paw pads.
- Allergic Reactions: Allergies can lead to skin issues, including dry and irritated paw pads in dogs.
- Genetic Factors: Some dogs may inherit naturally drier paw pads, making them more prone to cracking.
- Aging: As dogs age, their skin, including paw pads, can lose elasticity and become more susceptible to dryness.
- After Walks
Walks may just be my dogs favourite activity! But this activity can take a toll on their paw pads, imagine walking barefoot on concrete every time you go outside! Unless your pup wears boots on their walks, hot pavement and rough surfaces wear down and dry out your pups paws. After each walk, I make it a routine to apply paw balm to their paws. The balm soothes any minor irritation, moisturizes their pads, and helps prevent further damage.
- After Baths
After bath time, I gently rub paw balm on their paws to rehydrate and protect them. It's like giving their feet a spa treatment!
- After Nail Cutting
Nail trimming is a chore for many dog owners, but it's a necessary one. It can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially for dogs who don't enjoy or tolerate the experience well. After I trim my dogs nails, I apply paw balm to soothe and protect their paws.
- Before Bed
Just like we apply moisturizer before going to bed, I make it a habit to apply paw balm to my dogs' paws before they tuck in for the night.
As a dog owner, the well-being of our pets is paramount, and this includes caring for their paws. My two Chihuahuas have taught me that the small things, like applying paw balm, can make a big difference in their comfort and overall health. So, don't wait until your dog experiences painful cracked paws – start using paw balm regularly to ensure your four-legged friends always put their best paw forward.