Care of paws

Occasionally dogs and cats will need additional care with their paws. Especially puppies and kittens will need extra care until their paws harden. In wintertime, mud and salt on the roads provide challenges for animal paws as they can become dry and cracked. Same applies to animals who don’t have productive fur coat on their stomach. Dirty skin is more prone to skin damage.  In “city dogs”, it is good practice to wash off salt and pitch from the paw pads and stomach . Plain water is not enough to wash paw pads effectively and to get rid of salt and pitch properly. To avoid irritation , use diluted Derma 4  Gentle wash at least once a week to  wash paws and stomach. Salt and pitch dries paw pads, which can eventually cause cracks.   Prevention is always easier than treating cracks and dry skin. For preventative care, Derma9 Luxury shine&care is recommended in paw pad problems. Its fatty acids will absorb quickly and it won’t stain floor inside the house. Clean paws when returning from walks to indoors, and spray with Derma9 1-2 times a day on dry paws. Derma9 spay can be used  on hairless stomach, leaving protective shield against dirt while moisturising skin.

Long haired animals gather dirt and snow in their paws. Trimming the long hair can help to keep the paws clean and healthy. Working dogs eg. Hunting, agility and sled dogs could benefit from mechanic protection in their paw pads. Derma10 Heel Balm is a water free cream, which protects the paw pads in excessive activity (hunting, agility) and against cold and snow. Some of the dogs might like Derma10 balm and may lick it. This is not harmful.

Derma10 cream absorbs well and it helps to renew the damage skin in paw pads. Apply Derma10 before the activity and in the evening. Manage the paws of a working dogs regularly.

Open cuts in the skin/paw pads is a risk for infection. On open cracks we recommend Derma6 wound oil to manage the infection risk and to apply Derma10 heel balm on surrounding area. Cuts and cracks in paw pads can be treated also with Derma5 Germ Fighting cream, it naturally fights harmful bacteria in these wounds.

As dogs sweat from their paws, it is important not to block their skin with thick grease ointments. Check  your dog’s paws weekly and during active working season daily.

More information on cuts, cracks and care of allergic or inflammed skin can be found in the section for skin problems.