Interesting Facts About Dog Paws

Interesting Facts About Dog Paws

In addition to ensuring that your dog gets the best foods available, the right amounts of physical and mental stimulation, and needed vet care, taking proper care of your dog’s feet and paws should be something every dog owner practices.  Here are some facts that you may or may not know about your dogs feet and paws.

  • A dog’s pads contain fatty tissue which doesn’t freeze as easily as other tissue.  This helps keep their paws tolerable in extreme cold conditions.
  • Many dog owners claim their dog’s feet smell like pop corn or corn chips.
  • Your dog’s paws contain sweat glands which helps them cool off when they are hot.
  • Some dogs will lick or chew their feet when they are stressed. Often times this is so intense that it results in irritation and bruising to their feet.
  • It’s important to practice handling skills with your dog and puppy and make them tolerant to having their feet (and entire bodies) touched and handled.  This will allow for easy nail trims, putting on dog booties and checking for cuts and irritations on your dog’s paws.
  • A fast moving or high-energy dog can easily tear their pads during intense or prolonged play and exercise.  Swimming in a pool or lake can soften the pads and make them more likely to tear during play or exercise.
  • A dog’s feet can easily burn and blister when walking on hot surfaces.  Be careful of walking your dog on pavement and other hot surfaces during the summer heat.
  • Rock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infection and blistering on your dog’s feet.  The toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog if they lick their paws after exposure to these chemicals.
  • Dog booties can help limit exposure to extreme heat, cold, chemicals, and other hazards.
  • Proper and frequent nail trimming is important to ensure the overall health of your dog’s feet.
  • Many owners get imprints or tattoos of their dog’s paws as a way of remembering their deceased pets.


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