A dog’s paws are usually sturdy, yet they’re prone to a few common injuries. While the cut or illness may seem minor to you, the pain or discomfort can be unbearable to your pups. One of the common dog paw problems is dry and cracked paw pads. It can be caused by extreme cold or hot weather, hot pavement, accidental injuries, and excessive licking. There are a lot of dog paw protection products on the market, you might be wondering whether it is necessary to pick up one for your pooches and how to get the right one for him/her. In that case, keep reading and we may have some insights to share.
Why is it important to protect your dog’s paws?
A dog’s paws provide essential traction to its owner during walking, running, and fetching. According to Dr. Hyunmin Kim, DVM from ASPCA, the pads on the bottom of a dog “protects bones and joints from shock, and protects tissue deep within the paw.” In other words, it prevents a dog’s feet from the harms of unfriendly walking ground and harsh weather conditions. Dogs’ paw pads are usually tough, but that doesn’t mean they’re not susceptible to any injuries. Especially in the wintertime, the dry winter weather plus icy or snowy walking environment accelerate the dryness of your pooches’ paw pads, leaving them vulnerable to cracking, splitting, and flaking.
Injured or uncomfortable paws can significantly reduce dogs’ active levels, impacting their overall physical and mental well-being. Symptoms of paw problems include limping, inflamed paws, excessive licking and chewing the affected paws, bleeding, and skin flakes from the paws. Prevention is always more important than treatment. One easy, affordable, and effective prevention method is to apply some protective paw balm on your pooches before you take them out on a walk on a freezing winter day, or bring them into an environment while bacteria and fungi are known, residents.
Does my dog need paw protection?
There is no generic answer to this question. The truth is that it all depends on you and your pup’s living environment. For dogs living in places with extremely cold and hot weather, dogs who often walk on rough grounds, or exposed to hazardous chemicals while walking, it may be a good idea to use paw protective products before things get bad.
Notice most dog paw protective products on the market are for prevention only. If your puppy is already hurt, such as redness, blistering, or skin problems on its paw pads, the best way to handle it is to go see a veterinarian since the “cosmetic” products sold on the market may not be able to “heal” the wounds and could cause secondary infections.
What does dog paw balm do?
A paw protection balm is an easy-to-use topical product that applies to the surface of your pooches’ paw pads. It offers extra moisturization and recursion for the paw pads to stay away from the winter hazards that cause the cracking of the skin.
Chosen by Dogs CBD Paw Protection Balm takes this conventional approach to another level by adding natural CBD oil into the formula. Our paw-protecting balm is infused with ultra-nourishing CBD and essential oils to keep your pup’s feet nourished and protected. This waxy balm works wonders in terms of preventing cracking while keeping your pups safe, happy, and healthy. Despite the effective CBD content in the formula, this product is completely THC-free and non-psychoactive.
How to apply dog paw balm?
Chosen By Dogs CBD Paw Protection Balm is designed to make use easy for both puppies and puppy owners. With a small amount of the balm, you just need to tickle your puppy’s paws to apply. Use as needed, but we do not recommend using this product on your kitties.