September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. The most common signs of pain are decreased activity, not going up or down the stairs, difficulty standing after lying down or over-grooming or licking a particular area. In fact, if your dog is constantly licking or biting its feet, it’s time to take action…it’s time to be on the Paw Patrol!
Not only is Paw Patrol the name of a popular kid’s television show, it’s also an important role you can take when it comes to protecting your dog’s paws – we are all in this together!
Dog’s paws, or pads as they are sometimes referred to, are always subject to direct contact to the ground. With that, they could get lesions, cracks, cysts and various wounds on their pads according to Animal Wised. Once you have noticed any symptom of paw pain, your Paw Patrol duties come in to play and its time to treat any injuries and prevent them from getting infected. As a precursor, when in doubt, always consult a veterinarian if needed.
While a dog’s paws are thicker and more resistant that the other skin on a dog’s body,
they still need protection. Think about it…do you go hiking or jogging barefoot? If I had to guess, I’m pretty sure you grab hiking boots or sneakers before you head out. Do you go out and shovel the snow barefoot? Definitely not! My bet is that you have a pair of warm snow boots. Luckily there’s footwear for your dog too in order to withstand all surfaces and climates!
Prevention is always better than reaction especially when it comes to your dog’s health. Most of us treat of our dogs as we do our children. You wouldn’t let your son or daughter out in the snow with no boots and you would advise them to wear sneakers if they were to go outside to play on a hot day, but whether they listen to you or not is a different story. But that’s besides the point. Our dogs have no voices so therefore we need to look out for them. The answers are simple: Saltsox and Lavasox.
Saltsox will protect your dog’s paws from the ice and snow, plus keep their paws nice and warm (yep, it’s time to start thinking about ice and snow). In true Paw Patrol fashion, may I suggest Saltsox in Ice Fire Red, perfect for a firefighter dalmatian named Marshall (yep, that’s the name of a Paw Patrol character)! Rocky, another Paw Patrolman, favors Saltsox in Glacier Bay, essential for when him and the other pups are protecting the shoreside community of Adventure Bay.
Lavasox will protect your dog’s paws from hot sand and pavement, plus keep their paws clean and cool. Paw Patrol’s resident construction English bulldog named Rubble recommends Lavasox in Citrine. Chase, a German Shepherd police dog prefers Lavasox in Marina Blue. Zuma, a chocolate Labrador retriever, would like to plug his favorite Lavasox color, Flame. And finally Skye, a cockapoo, can’t make up her mind if she likes her Saltsox in Frozen Fuchsia or Lavasox in Pink Sorbet. Be a Paw Patrol LEADER and choose prevention.
If you opt to not have protective footwear and your dog’s pads do become cut, scraped, burned or blistered, Cuteness offered some remedies to help ease the paw pain:
- Clean the wound by flushing it with water or an antiseptic wash. Remove any debris you may see, like rocks or glass, with tweezers as gently as possible. If anything is deeply lodged, seek veterinary help.
- Control any bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean towel. Most cuts will stop bleeding after a few minutes but if the wound is still bleeding after 15 minutes, bring the dog to the emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
- To bandage a cut paw, apply antibiotic ointment to a pile of nonstick gauze pads and place them on the wound, using multiple pads to provide a cushion and to absorb blood. Wrap up the paw all the way to the ankle with self-adhesive medical wrap.
- Re-bandage the wound every day, clean it and apply ointment every time. Keep the bandage dry by covering it with a bootie, like Lavasox which has an anti-slip grip, or use a plastic bag and see tape when your dog goes outside.
- Prevent your dog from chewing on the bandage by using an anti-chewing spray or a cone.
- If the wound has become swollen, warm to the touch, bad-smelling, has a moist discharge or if the wound is still gaping open or bleeding after three days, take your dog to the vet.
- For a blister or a burn, gently wash the paw with an anti-bacterial wash. Apply an antibiotic ointment and loosely bandage the paw and secure it up to the ankle to keep it in place. Change the bandage daily until healed.
- Always evaluate the damage of blisters and do not pop them or cut off loose skin if it has already popped. If the blister is deep, the pad is discolored or if it gets infected, bring your dog to the veterinarian.
- Or you can just avoid all of that and go the Paw Patrol’s way and pick up some Saltsox and/or Lavasox to prevent injuries to your dog’s paws!
So avoid having to participate in Animal Pain Awareness Month altogether and focus more on National Hug Your Hound Day, the second Sunday in September. Hug your dog’s paws in Saltsox and Lavasox and be ahead of the game as a leader on the Paw Patrol. Your pup will definitely be on your side! -Team Saltsox