Fido reached out to us, and he could really use a manicure, pedicure, and some Salmon Stix. As crazy as it sounds, paying attention to your pet’s paws is actually extremely important and can be a tell-tale sign for certain injuries or issues.
Protecting Your Pet From Paw Pad Burns
We’ve talked about keeping your pet safe during the hot summer months, but we didn’t completely dive into how that can affect their feet. Paw pad burns are an extremely painful injury for your pet that commonly occurs during the summer months. Both dogs and cats can experience pad burns, but the problem is more common in dogs as most cats don't spend time going for walks on a leash. Your pet's paws are tough, but hot concrete or sharp surfaces still pose a risk for them. Think of it this way, concrete and asphalt are often 40 to 50 degrees higher than the air temperature.
Pavement isn’t the only surface that you need to protect your pet’s paw pads from. Hot sand, metal, truck beds, and dark-colored car seats can cause painful burns. If you can’t hold your bare hand on the surface in question for 10-seconds, then your pet doesn’t need to be walking, standing, or sitting on it!
Signs of Paw Pad Injury
If you see your pet favoring a certain paw, then offer them some James Naturals Salmon Stix, an all-natural pet treat, and see if you can’t take a look at it! Blisters, blood, or a missing pad need to be addressed immediately and warrant a call to your veterinarian. Chewing or licking their paws may be another sign that your pet’s feet are bothering them.
Temporary Paw Pad Care
You can’t always make it to the vet right away, but you want to make your furry friend as comfortable and safe as possible until you’re able to make it in for a visit. Clean the affected area with cool water and apply some antibacterial cream. Place gauze or a bandaid over the cream to prevent further licking or injury to the area.
Your pets may not enjoy having their feet messed with, but make sure to pay extra attention to keeping their paw pads injury-free during the heat of the summer. Move your outdoor activities to early in the morning or late in the evening when the weather cools off. Avoid asphalt and concrete surfaces when possible. Don’t forget to order a bag of Salmon Stix– a healthy one-ingredient pet treat- to reward your pet with!