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Caring For Fido’s Paws

September 15, 2023

Your dog’s paws are quite remarkable: not only are they crucial to helping him get around, they also act as shock absorbers, cushioning his bones from blows, emit pheromones, and giving him information about the terrain he’s on. Those furry feet put in a lot of work, so it’s important for you to take good care of them. A local Roanoke, VA vet offers some insight on this below.


Nail trims may not seem like a critical thing, but they are actually very important. If Fido’s nails get too long, they’ll be uncomfortable for him to walk on. That in turn affects his stride and stance. Over time, long nails can strain your canine friend’s bones and joints, exacerbating painful conditions such as arthritis. 

Of course, many people are uneasy about cutting their dog’s claws. You may want to consider using a clipper that is equipped with a sensor: this will make it much easier for you, as it will indicate exactly where to cut. Another option would be a Dremel, or nail grinder. Of course, if you are really nervous, contact your vet and ask for a demonstration. Or, just book Fido a pawdicure appointment at the animal clinic or his salon.

Toe Fur

Those little tufts of hair between Fido’s toes may be cute, but they can also cause problems. They can collect gunk, like gum or sap, and can get quite matted and gunky. They can also collect ice balls in winter. Needless to say, these things aren’t very comfortable. Clipping that fur back may help keep your furry best buddy more comfortable, and also give him better traction.

Seasonal Care

Can you believe it’s almost fall? We’ve got a few months before actual winter hits, but there are some things you can do now to help get your four-legged pal ready for the cold. Use paw balm regularly to keep those cute toe beans moisturized and prevent cracks and chafing. We’d also recommend picking up some pet-safe de-icing products. If you have a feline friend, you might also consider creating a cozy indoor garden for them to enjoy during the colder months. Check out our article on Creating A Kitty Garden for some ideas.


Take time to look at your pooch’s feet regularly. Look for cuts, bumps, bruises, and other signs of injury. Even if there’s nothing wrong, it’s important to handle your pet’s paws regularly. This can also help with desensitization: teach your canine pal that he’ll get a yummy snack for letting you handle his toe beans. Use something really special, like a piece of steak. Even if your dog is normally hesitant about having his feet handled, the extra reward may help win him over.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Roanoke, VA animal clinic, anytime

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