4 Reasons Your Dog's Paw Pads are Dry and Cracked

Paw Balm

A pup’s paw pads play an important role in the overall structure and function of the foot.  They are designed to help with balance, insulation, traction, stability and shock absorption; all crucial to a dog’s ability to move and explore his world safely and comfortably. When paw pads become dry and cracked, it is painful for your dog, and the door is open for bacteria and infection to set in.  Situations contributing to dry, cracked paw pads include:

Hot Pavement

Always check the temperature of pavement with the back of your hand before allowing your pup to walk on it.  If you can’t hold your hand there for 10 seconds comfortably, then it is too hot for your pooch’s feet.

Wintry Conditions

Very cold, ice and snow and certain sidewalk salt and ice-melts can be harmful to your dog’s paw pads. 

Rough Surfaces

Unsurfaced trails, sidewalks or road surfaces can leave paw pads thirsty and rougher than normal.

Excessive Licking

Excessive licking of the paws can leave pads in need of moisture.

Luckily for our pups there is a solution to dry, cracked and painful pads.  AlwaysPups Paw Balm is specifically formulated to moisturize and protect with a lick-safe balm that can be safely applied as often as needed. This nourishing paw balm is handmade in the US with a natural moisturizer blend including organic shea butter, coconut oil, lavender oil and rosehip oil. Not only will it feel amazing on your dog’s feet, the soft lavender scent is calming. 

Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of dryness or cracking.  Apply a paw balm regularly to keep their feet in top shape so they are always ready to hit the trail with you.  See your veterinarian if you notice any bleeding, tears, punctures or other injuries to the paw that may require medical attention.

This content is presented solely for informational purposes and may not be relied upon to replace in-person medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment by a professional pet healthcare provider.

Article Source:

Dr. Julie Buzby. Dog Paw Anatomy 101 (Plus 7 Paw Problems). Dr. Buzby’s Blog. 2023

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