Post # 1
We recently moved to AZ from Ohio, and we’ve been here for almost two months. We have a 3 year old lab, and recently we’ve noticed the dry weather is affecting him for the worse. Even though we keep them trimmed, his nails are flaking off on the sides exposing the quick, and his paws are starting to wear really bad (it looks like a callous has fallen off if that makes sense). He’s always been really sensitive about people touching his feet (we’re working on it) but it seems worse now. Does anyone have any suggestions on what we can do to help his poor feet? I’ve looked at horse hoof topical strengtheners because they help keratin growth, but I don’t know what to do with his paws.
Post # 3
I’d check with a vet, especially since it seems to be causing him discomfort. One of my dogs has issues with his pads getting too dry, so we try to be mindful of the surfaces he walks/plays on. When we do neighborhood walks, I try to keep him on the grass instead of the road when possible.
Post # 4
@eliwhit: If there’s snow in your area and side walks/roads are being salted this could contribute to the dryness. There is pet safe de-icers at most pet stores you can buy.
Also try incorporating a moisture rich pet food. I use Avoderm, which helps with skin & coat. My vet told me to stay clear of all pet food and treats sold at grocery stores.
You can also give him a fish oil tablet daily, maybe wrapped in some cheese. I suggest the odorless kind in case he bites into it he won’t have fish breath all day.
Definitely call your vet for some more suggestions. Sometimes dryness can be a symptom of a bigger issue. My aunt’s dog just got diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, she only found out becasue her dog had a really dry nose and thinning coat. Though this is not common in puppies so I don’t want to worry you. Just saying it’s worth asking your vet for some suggestions.
Post # 5
we used to use a paw wax for our dog during the winter — her paws would freeze on walks and she seemed so miserable, and licking them just made it worse. this is one brand, and there are definitely other options if you google —
the one we had looked like a deodorant stick so it was very easy to apply.
Post # 6
@eliwhit: If all else fails, give a quick call to the vet. =) Good luck. I hope your puppy feels better soon!
Post # 7
Most pet stores sell paw balm to rub onto their feet to help with the dryness. I know Petco has a store brand and then Espree also has a balm. Most grooming salons should have a paw treatment too.
Post # 8
thank you all! I’m going to check out the paw balm and see if it will help, and check out some fish oil. You girls are all so smart. I’m always surprised at myself when if I don’t even know where to begin to research, I go to the hive.
Post # 9
Our dog Sophie had REALLY bad paw pads when we first adopted her. I mean they felt like sand paper!
You could try to put some vaseline jelly on his paws before taking him out for a walk until you can see a vet (which I would do just to be safe!) It will probably get messy but just wipe them clean before re-entering the house with a wet clothes, not a dry one! Sophie’s was just basically very rough & needed time to heal. Now they’re baby soft & look great!
Post # 10
Do they have those plastic tips for dog nails, the way they do for cats? Maybe that would help protect his little nails from going to the quick while he adjusts to the different temps? Poor puppy.
Post # 11
Not sure if it will help w/ nails, but we noticed our pug’s skin was a little dry so we got him some fish oil. our vet said we can just use human capsules and either coat ’em in peanut butter or use those pill pockets OR we can break them and squirt on his food once a day. We tried squirting since he’s not good with pills and he seems to love it. In a month, there’s been a huge difference, so it’s well worth it. We just bought a container of liquid Omega 3 and 6 with flax seed oil at the Vitamin Shoppe. We adopted a dog recently, and he has super dry skin and paws. We have been putting the fish oil on his food too, and hope it will help.
Post # 12
@eliwhit: I’ve worked for vets for several years now and have heard, used and recommended all kinds of products. The last vet I worked for was obsessed with a product called Unkers. When I say obsessed I mean he recommended this product for everything from dry skin and nails to arthitits. And it works!
Technically it’s a human product but it is safe for animal use, you just have to keep an eye on the licking in the affected area.
Try that and adding some Vitaman E oil and fish oil supplements to his diet.