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Thursday, 13 November 2014

The importance of paw care

Why is it so impaw-tant to take care of my pets paws?

Believe it or not, this question gets asked more than you might think.


Last week, I focused on reasons why you should trim your dogs nails.

But that isn't all it takes to maintain their paws.

Let's talk about some of the ways to keep your pets paws in tip top shape.
Throughout the summer, I will admit, I do not go crazy over the maintenance of my husky's paws.
 (Aside from the regular nail trimming)

However, when the weather starts to get cold, and the snow and ice is coming, it is time to get vigilant.


In last Thursday's post, I touched on just how painful it can be for our dogs to be forced to walk on long nails, and then when they crack, that can get really painful, but what about the fur on the bottom of their feet?

Some dogs feet are REALLY hairy!
Such as . . . my huskies!


This isn't generally a big deal, unless the fur in between their pads is incredibly thick, then of course it is most likely uncomfortable for them to walk on.

The thing is, when there is snow on the ground, and your dog goes outside, the snow can ball up in that fur.
Which in turn can really hurt their feet when walking, not to mention the fact that if they are outside for a period of time, the balls of snow on their pads can begin to turn to ice.


As you can see in my before and after pics, I am preparing for winter, and have trimmed the fur on the pads of my dogs feet.

But I thought you weren't suppose to cut a husky's fur?

Your not. Shaving a husky is a big no no, however the fur on their feet is different.
The fur on the bottom of their feet does not keep them warm in the winter, or cool in the summer as their thick double coats do on their body. Plus, the reason we trim this part of their fur is to prevent pain in our pets, so it is well worth it.

What do I use to trim the fur on their feet?

Many people use electric trimmers to do the job, but the noise bugs my dogs, so I use a pair of napping shears. They are flat at the tip of them, making it easy to lay the scissor against the paw without nipping the pad itself.



Aside from trimming the fur, paw pads can get dry and begin to crack during the cold winter months.
Using a product such as K9 Kelp balm on their pads can prevent dryness from occurring.

If your not familiar with K9 Kelp, I encourage you to check out my review I did on their products a while back.

A combination of nail trimming, paw balms, and keeping the fur trimmed on the bottom of their feet will have your pups ready to play in the snow this winter!

That's all for today, thanks for coming by, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the Pet Parade, as well as Flashback Friday's!



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Our featured item OTW is a handmade rope toy made by DBDT, sold at our own shop, Pawz N' Clawz!
Great Christmas gift idea for your dogs!!


42 comments:

  1. Yes paw care is so important and we have the groomer always do an MOT for us. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Even with my two bichons, they get a tremendous amount of fur built up on the underside of their pads. The winter especially is so hard on their pads and their paws! Last year, it got so cold that the girls were not able to walk outside on the driveway or on the grass due to the frigid temps...way below zero. I purchased them a pair of those PAWZ boots and that helped a LOT!! Great tips, Jenna! Thanks!

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    1. Boots can help tremendously when it comes to those unbearable temps I agree!

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  3. Great tips. We are pretty lucky that Ava and Veruca have relatively short fur and we don't have much trimming to do. We do, however, have dog coats for them to wear in the winter. I think they may prefer to live in a warmer climate.

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    1. Thanks Mark :)
      Dog coats are great for pups with shorter fur. My huskies would probably never forgive me if I put a coat on them and they had to miss out on the snow!

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  4. I don't have to do much trimming on my three's pads but I do need to trim their nails! Thanks for reminding me!

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  5. Good idea! We've got snow on the ground already in MinneSNOWta, so we need to start getting ready by taking care of my paws. A bunch of people Mom volunteers with use a product called "Musher's Secret" on their paws as well when out walking. We'll have to check into the K9 kelp, though! Thanks for the information!

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    1. Lucky dogs in MinneSNOWta!!! BOL! My huskies are jealous!
      Mushers secret is great stuff as well! I prefer K9 Kelp personally, as it has worked wonders for their paws as well as them being a Canadian company, which I love to support!

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  6. My golden retriever, Savanna, gets a lot of fur between her paw pads too. I love your new wintry website header graphic, Jenna. It goes great with the huskies.

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    1. Thanks so much!!! That means a lot to me!

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  7. Makes us sad to see a dog with long nails. And most dog guardians don't bother, they think walking the dogs an concrete takes care of that. And almost NO ONE trims their cats claws...and if they do, only the front ones, not the dew claws which then grow into the pad! Very, very good post

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    1. Thank you Savannah. I know, a lot of people really take paw care for granted. And it's crazy, because we wouldn't let our own toes do that. It is so impawtant to take care of their paws and nails regularly. So glad you came by today :)

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  8. Mama takes furry good care of our furry paws! Woooowoooooo, Ku

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  9. My new brother Anderson has long fur between his toes. I'm gonna go tell him to watch out if he sees the peep with scissors!

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  10. I have fur between my pads too and it grows too long. We are always trimming it (because I do not allow trimming to be completed in one session) but we never thought of using napping shears. Brilliant! We may have to give it a try!
    Oz

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    1. Oh great! I hope it works for you!!!! The napping shears make it so much easier to trim, because you are not putting any point of the scissors near their pads, they lay flat and work wonders for trimming!

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  11. I so wish Annabelle didn't wiggle and squirm so much. I cannot hold her and trim her nails. It's just too hard. And she will not allow her Dad to hold her -- that would be worse. So I have to take her into the Vet to get them trimmed. But nail care is very important. You're so right.

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    1. It really is. And I know exactly what you mean about trimming kitty nails. Kiki won't let me anywhere near her nails. The other two kitties are fine, but not my KiKi!!!!

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  12. This was very informative. I always get ice forming in the hair on my feet and mom was told not to cut the hair on my feet. When I come in from outside, I usually pull the ice balls off the bottom of my feet and leave them on the floor. Mom helps by trying to dry my feet with a towel. She has tried booties on me and Musher's Secret. Now she thinks she will find a pair of those scissors and try trimming the hair on my feet.

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    1. Oh Buddy! I know what you mean!!! These shears work so wonderfully! There is a link in the post where you can find them because as I said in my fun fact, they are really carpet installing shears, they are not for pets, but because they are flat, they work pawfectly!!!
      No more pesky ice balls!!

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  13. great informative post

    retro rover

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  14. I was massaging Bentley's legs and paws earlier today and noticed his pads where rough. I immediately thought of K9 Kelp and their amazing products. Does the pad cream absorb pretty fast?

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    1. Yes, fairly fast. My huskies all try to lick it off though, so basically I sit with them on the floor and draw their attention away from the paws for about 5 to 10 minutes, but it is well worth it!!!

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  15. Withe all the toe and nail problems going around Blogville, our Mom has been on a mission to check paws every day, trim the fur back and look at nails.

    The Mad Scots

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  16. I know we're indoor cats, but the air can get really dry inside too, in the winter. Wonder if that's something good for kitties too?

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  17. Oh yes, we get that fur trimmed pretty regularly too, especially Phantom. Mom says she thinks he puts fertilizer on his fur between his pads because it grows so fast and so much. His has to be trimmed almost every two weeks so he doesn't slide on the floors.

    Great post.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. I know right?!!! My huskies feet hair grows like mad!!!

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  18. I did not know that! Thanks for sharing that fun fact!
    Cats usually don't need their feet hair trimmed. Maybe a long-haired cat would, but has never hat to due to not being outside.
    Have a pawsome day!
    ❀Siamese Smothers and Tuxie Tickles❀ from Mikko and Jax at Happiness is Siamese!

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  19. We have the same issue with our golden Sheba's paws. I'll have to get some of those napping shears...they look like they'll make it easier. I've never used any moisturizers on their paws, so that's definitely something I'll need to start doing too. Especially when they're older I think their paws dry out even more.
    Lots of wags and woofs from Wag n Woof Pets



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    1. I agree, and I highly recommend K9 kelp, it is all natural and works wonders!!!
      the shears are so perfect for this kind of job!!!

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  20. Whoa! I’d think extra furs on their feet would be like warm booties. Dogs are a lot of work.

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    1. BOL! Yea, but they are well worth it, as are our kitties!

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  21. i call hairy feet bunny slippers, I love to cut the hair away from their feet, great job you did.

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