Pet First Aid for Pet Professionals Level 3 (VTQ)

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Paw Problems

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Paw Injuries in Dogs

Preventing and Treating Common Paw Injuries

Learn how to handle and prevent common paw injuries in dogs.

1. Removing Small Debris

Common Issue: Small stones or debris trapped between paw pads.

To address this:

  • Gently brush off debris using your hand
  • Exercise caution to avoid causing further discomfort

2. Dealing with Thorns

Common Issue: Thorns embedded in paw pads.

Follow these steps:

  • Carefully remove thorns with tweezers
  • Remove as close to the skin as possible

3. Protecting Against Heat

Consideration: Hot pavements and roads in warm climates.

Prevent paw injuries from hot surfaces:

  • Exercise dogs during cooler hours (early morning or late evening)

4. Winter Paw Care

Consideration: Snow and icy conditions.

Protect paws during winter walks:

  • Beware of snow trapped between paw pads causing pain
  • Avoid areas heavily salted or gritted
  • Wash your dog's paws in lukewarm water after walks

Seek Professional Advice

If the injury is serious or you have concerns, don't hesitate to consult your vet for guidance and treatment.