Dogs spend a lot of time running, jumping, and generally romping around. It's no surprise, then, that dog foot problems are fairly common health concerns in dogs. Examine your dog's paws regularly - think of it as a "preventive" health check! Doing so can help you identify minor problems before they become most serious (and more costly) problems. Here's a quick summary of some of the more common dog foot problems:
Another reason why dogs might persistently lick or chew her paws is because of an embedded object - for instance, dogs that are walked through fields or forests may find that a plant seed or burr has managed to attach itself to the paw. Gently remove the object and monitor the area for any signs of infection.
Large or deep cuts should be examined by your vet.
Cracked or dry paw pads. Dry and cracked pads sometimes open up and bleed. Apply a moisturizer to your dog's paws that's for pets, even if they were to lick it off. Coconut oil is great for this purpose, and is completely safe for dogs - and good for them,too!
Don't apply moisturizer too often, though - your dog relies on "tough" paw pads for walking, and over-applying moisturizer can make the paws too soft and sensitive.
If your dog runs a great deal, especially over rough terrain or in very hot or very cold conditions, consider investing in a set of dog boots. Yes, they look funny and it most dogs need time to get used to them, but the boots can save your dog's paws from excessive discomfort or injury. Dog foot problems can occur at any time since our canine pals love to run and play - so keep a watchful eye out for potential issues that may need treatment.