The most prominent place to reveal health concerns are through their paws. Common paw problems in dogs can often be overlooked and forgotten.

The pads are sturdy and heal quickly from everyday environmental impacts such as minor cuts, scratches and any abrasions that may occur.

9 Common Paw Problems in Dogs

  • Bacterial Infections
  • Fungal Infections
  • Summer Burns
  • Winter Burns
  • Hairy Feet
  • Ticks and Mites
  • Split Nails
  • Ingrown Nails

Bacterial and Fungal Infections

Bacterial infections and Fungal infections are secondly to allergies which atopic dermatitis is likely the cause. Although common in dog paws and can usually be treated via topical treatments and/or antibiotics.

The disease/infection occurs when the bacterial organisms such as yeast exacerbate the area causing the bacteria to multiply uncontrollably. The veterinarian can usually take a tissue sample to determine the type of infection and prescribe the appropriate medication and treatment plan.

Symptoms include:

  • licking
  • biting
  • red and inflamed nails beds
  • redness
  • swelling
  • itching

Summer Burns and Winter Burns

The easiest way for a dog to hurt their paws in via the elements. Whether it be the burning sun making the asphalt scorching hot or the winter frost also causing burns to their paws.

If in the case that your dog has burns to their paws, treatment is required immediately.
Treatments can include topical antibiotics to help prevent infection, bandaging the paws to prevent further injury and pain relief medication as having burns whether it be cold or hot burns can be extremely painful and uncomfortable for your dog.

Prevention: The most efficient way to prevent these common paw problems in dogs is by getting appropriate dog booties. They are made for winter and summer months to prevent exposure and to prevent the burns from happening.

Hairy Feet

Having hairy feet can cause multiple issues in your dogs day to day living. Having hairy feet provides a breeding ground for all things sticky.

Burrs and sticky thorns can get lodged into the fur and bury down into the crevices of the paw which can tear the skin and become infected and painful. Regular grooming will help to reduce the risk of these burrs from getting stuck in your dog’s fur.

Also related: 4 Tips to Improve your Dogs Skin


Ticks and Mites

These little critters such as ticks and mites love to live in small dark places, and in between your dog’s nails is a perfect hiding and breeding ground. It is the number one spot that is most overlooked by humans.

Ticks bury their head into your dog’s skin feeding on the blood and inject toxins into your dog. Paralysis ticks can be fatal to dogs if not found early. Mites multiply before your eyes and can be hard to exterminate.
Mites live in your dog’s hair follicles and cause itchiness, swelling, hair loss and are very uncomfortable. The veterinarian will take a hair sample to examine which will diagnose the mites or infection. Treatment can take several months depending on the severity of the condition.

Split/ Torn Nails

Another common paw problem in dogs are the nails, it can be a split nail or a torn nail. They can happen very easily while out walking or playing. If the nail is split the most effective treatment is to file the nail until smooth. This will help prevent a torn nail.

Also related: Tips to Care for your Dog’s Paws

A torn nail can be very painful to your dog and will need medical attention to determine the treatment. Leaving a torn nail untreated can result in getting an infection and making the whole situation worse as the entire nail may need to be removed.

Ingrown Nails

Ingrown nails for humans can be very painful, and it is no different to your dog. Ingrown nails occur when the nail has not trimmed or worn down naturally which can result in the nail to become ingrown. Treatment is a course of antibiotics and pain relief is needed and depending on the severity may need to be surgically resected by the veterinarian.

Over to you: Do you have any other remedies or concerns about paw problems?


Gina and Harley

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