Dog's paws rough and cracked? | Natural Dog Company

For dogs with dry, cracked paws, coconut oil is a wonderful ingredient for soothers.
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In winter conditions where your dog may be walking on salted concrete you should be extra careful about cracked pads. If the cracks in the pads are minor you can apply petroleum jelly to prevent ice and snow from balling up in between the dog’s pads and refreezing. Dogs with badly cracked pads should not walk on snow or ice in winter without boots or protection- as the salt from sidewalks or roads can be agony in a deep crack. Always rinse your dog’s paws in warm water after a winter walk, as the chemicals used in ice melting products can be poison if your dog licks them off his feet.
It gets cold, then hot. It is very humid here and my dogs paws get very dry and cracked.
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Dry, chapped paws are a very common and largely ignored problem. Unprotected contact with pavement, snow, sand and many other surfaces can lead to the development of dry and cracked paws. Not only can this be uncomfortable for your dog, but also it causes your dog to lose grip and slip more easily. Do dry cracked dog paws have your pup singing the doggone blues? There’s an all-natural solution you must try!
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Paw Butter™ is perfect for that extra layer of loving attention our best friends need. Pads cushion and protect your dog's paws and act like mini-shock absorbers. Remember, their legs are shorter than ours, which means those paws hit the ground a lot more often than our feet. Think how many steps a Pomeranian takes to keep up with a 6'4" person! They need Paw Butter! Paw Butter is an organic treatment for cracked dog pads.However, paw pad cracks are sometimes caused by allergies in food. The allergies themselves don't cause the problem, but the incessant itching they cause may cause the pads to break. Dogs that chew on their paws nervously or to remove burrs and other irritants often cause their pads to crack.Dog paws are designed to support a pup's weight and give them balance and strength. Unfortunately, many dogs suffer from a problem known as cracked paw pads. This is caused when the skin breaks open and creates light cracks in the skin. This can be a painful condition that makes it hard for your dog to walk and feel joy in life.Before treating your dog's paws for cracked pads, check with your veterinarian. She may want to see you and your pup for a blood test or biopsy to rule out diseases that can cause pads to crack. Hyperkeratosis, an incurable but usually treatable hardening and thickening of the pads, can happen with old age or as the result of a genetic condition. Your vet can help you counter the thickening pads caused by hyperkeratosis with paw soaks and ointments, and can prescribe antibiotics for infected fissures, which, when severe, can cause lameness in dogs.Apply an animal-safe moisturizer directly on your dog's paws in order to soothe the cracked paw pads. Also purchase dog booties so the dog will not lick or chew on its paws while they heal. Give the dog treats each time it wears the booties without trying to take them off in the house until it is comfortable wearing the boots for extended periods of time.Whether your dog loves to play in the snow and wile away the winter hours outdoors, or hates the cold weather and wants go to back inside as quickly as possible, caring for your dog’s paws is a vital consideration. Road and sidewalk salt can cause serious damage to your canine pal’s paw pads, so if your dog has dry, cracked paws, consider these solutions and remedies: