HOW SHOULD DOG PADS BE CARED FOR?

            How should dog pads be cared for?


The pads of dogs are more important than we can imagine, given that they fulfill different functions, even having a comprehensive impact on their state of health.

              WHAT ARE DOG PADS, AND WHAT ARE THEY FOR?

            How should dog pads be cared for?


The pads are the hairless part of the legs that are in direct contact with the ground. In fact, they act the same way as the soles of our feet.
This tissue is characterized by superficially showing a kind of darker and thicker skin due to the properties of keratin, a protein that makes this part of the dog's body resistant to the friction that occurs when it comes into contact with the ground. It should be noted that this hardness that the pads present develops as the animal grows and gains weight.
And underneath, the pads of dogs have a layer of fat that serves to cushion their footsteps, thus preventing their joints and bones from suffering any kind of damage from external agents.
Another function that the pads fulfill is that they allow the dog to sweat and regulate its body temperature. This is an important factor since dogs only have sweat glands on the pads and on their nose.

                                 HOW TO CARE FOR DOG PADS?

 

           How should dog pads be cared for?

 

It must be taken into account that the pads are also exposed to different risks, such as suffering wounds that can become infected if not treated in time by being in permanent contact with the ground. This is why it is advisable to regularly check your dog's pads, which should have a rough and elastic appearance.
To harden its pads, it is advisable for the dog to get used to walking on different kinds of terrain. In this way, the dog's pads will become resistant regardless of the characteristics offered by the different types of soil dogs go through, such as natural in the countryside or paved in cities, among many others.

                    HOW TO PROTECT THE PADS IN SUMMER?

 

            How should dog pads be cared for?


The temperature changes also affect the state of the pads of dogs as they may experience a strong abrasion if the temperature that gives off the ground is high. In addition, these types of burns can contribute to an increased risk of heatstroke for the dog. In this case, puppies are usually more prone to this type of damage to their pads since theirs are still soft and more sensitive.
One of the first measures that must be taken to avoid that their pads suffer any type of damage during the summer is to avoid taking the dogs out in the middle of the day and taking them to cool and garden areas.

                                     WAYS TO CURE THE PADS

 

          How should dog pads be cared for?

 

It should be noted that many factors can be harmful to the pads of dogs: urban waste such as crystals, stones from natural areas, the cold that the soil gives off during winter ... which in turn causes different types of wounds that require specific treatments.

                                    HOW TO CURE RAW PADS?

 

            How should dog pads be cared for?

 


In case your dog's pad is raw due to erosion, act quickly, washing the area with warm water to remove any impurities. It is also advisable to remove the hair that grows around it as this can contribute to the accumulation of moisture and, therefore, favor the proliferation of microorganisms.
After that, the ideal is to let the pad cure without needing to be covered. But if it is still necessary, you always have to resort to sterile gauze and hypoallergenic tape.
And another detail to take into account is that the dog does not lick or bite the area because this could damage the healing process of the raw pad.

          HOW TO CARE FOR PADS THAT ARE DRY OR CRACKED?

 

            How should dog pads be cared for?


For cases in which the dog's pad is dry or cracked, it is useful to administer gels, creams, ointments, or balms made with aloe vera or petroleum jelly, among other ingredients, to keep them hydrated.