Five go-to tips for checking your dog's paw pads
Avoid painful cuts, dried pads or blistered pads on your puppy
Dogs don’t like hugs. I hear this advice on countless dog blog sites and even official platforms such as American Kennel Club. Either my Hound mix doesn’t know she’s a dog or she missed the memo on what she’s supposed to not like. Every morning after I walk her, I meditate for 10 minutes. She stretches her entire body from my hips to my breasts, and just lays there like I’m a body pillow. As soon as I sit straight up and cross-legged, she climbs into my lap, walks up one leg and circles her forelegs around my neck.
What else am I supposed to call this?
Mind you, everyone has their own opinion and experiences with what their dog does and does not like. I don’t dispute it. But the biggest perk — in addition to a warm snuggle — about her doing this is it always lets me know when she needs her nails clipped and when her paws need to be moisturized.
When her nails don’t need to be clipped, I barely feel them. Or the feeling against my neck and legs is light. The same goes for her paw pads (i.e. digital pads). I can feel them, but it doesn’t phase me. However, there have been a few times where her paw pads (mainly the digital pads but rarely the metacarpal pads) have been rough enough to feel like they’re scratching me. Pet owners need to be aware of paw health immediately, especially before those same paws can become infected, crack or the skin breaks.