What are Sore Paws?
Your dog and cat’s paws can take a lot of strain from walking and running on hard surfaces, in hot or cold conditions and between thorny bushes and trees. As a result, pets are prone to sores, cuts, scrapes, bruising, blisters and burns on their paws.
Inspect the paws carefully and disinfect the wound with warm water and anti-bacterial soap. Apply Vaseline to promote healing and soothe paws after exposure to harsh, cold elements like snow or blizzards. Keep in mind that your pet needs his "bare little feet" to get around and keeping them in healthy condition will prevent wear and tear all year round.
What Causes Sore Paws?
Although your pet’s paws are designed to be tough and durable, foreign objects such as broken glass, nails or thorns often become embedded between their toes or in their pads which makes walking difficult and painful.
Dogs and cats lick their paws excessively when they are dry or chapped which can lead digestive upsets. They may also limp when their paws or pads are sore.
Help for Sore Paws
Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to heal, soothe and condition burns, wounds, cuts and scrapes. Herbal remedies are a safe, natural alternative to conventional medications that is gentle enough to use on your pet’s paws and pads.
Carefully selected herbal ingredients such as Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort), Calendula offinalis and Plantago lanceolata contain anti-inflammatory and soothing properties and act as an excellent tonic for the skin.
More Information on Sore Paws
Tips to protect paws in pets
There are several things that you can do to protect your pet’s paws and keep them in healthy condition and these include:
- Check your pet’s paws for cuts, scrapes, burrs (prickly seed) or objects lodged between the toes after he has been outside
- Wash cuts and scrapes with an anti-bacterial soap and dry gently
- Keep your dog or cat’s nails trimmed and regularly check that none have grown into the pad
- Use tweezers to pull out foreign objects between your pet’s toes and remember to be gentle!
- Protect your pet’s paws during winter by wrapping their paws in protective pads, boots or use a natural de-icing spray
- Avoid allowing your pet to run on a hot a road or pavement as this may burn their pads