Last Updated on March 18, 2023 by ellen
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I’ve written before about how to care for your dog’s paws in the winter. If you properly care for them each day, your pet will be much less likely to have dry paws.
And, it’s just as important to protect your dog’s paws in the summer. The hot sand and pavement can really cause harm to these sensitive areas.
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Dry Dog Paws Home Remedies
One of the best things you can do to prevent your pet’s pads from being irritated is to protect them. During the colder months, the ice and salt can irritate their skin.
And, if you don’t remove it promptly after each trip outside, this problem can build up over time and cause irritation.
Of course, it’s important that you understand why your dog’s paws are dry and irritated. Here are a few possibilities.
- Allergic reaction
- Dry Air
- Rough surfaces
- Too much licking
When your pet comes in from outside, be sure to take a warm, wet cloth and gently wipe down the surface of their pads to remove any salt. Then, clean the area in front of your door so they don’t recontaminate their pads by walking around inside.
You can also get them a pair of dog booties to wear if you think they will be comfortable wearing them. Not all dogs like these so try it and see first.
How can I moisturize my dog’s paws?
Never use hand lotion that’s intended for people on your pets. Because they lick their paws, they will ingest the products you use. And, many chemicals and essential oils are not safe for pets.
You can buy creams and salves that are intended just for canines like this paw butter. But, there are lots of dry dog paws home remedies you can use as well.
On clean, dry dog paws, apply a thin layer of coconut oil into your dog’s pads working it gently into their skin. This will not only help protect it but will also help to heal the skin. And, it makes a barrier between their paw and any irritants.
Vitamin E oil
Plain Vitamin E oil is another way to help heal your dog’s pads. Make sure that it is unscented and contains only Vitamin E oil to be sure it’s safe for your pet.
Shea butter is another wonderful balm with healing properties. Apply it the same way you would the coconut oil or the Vitamin E oil.
How can I stop my dog licking her paws?
If your pet’s pads are dry because they are licking them, you will need to discourage this behavior to see an improvement. You can use dog booties so it’s more difficult to access them.
You can also try to entertain them more so they don’t get bored. A new toy or more walks might help.
Can you put Vaseline on dog paws?
Yes, you can use Vaseline if you like. I tend to avoid petroleum-based products. But, this will work if you don’t have a natural alternative onhand.
Summary of dry dog paws home remedies
- Remove any chemicals or irritation with a soft damp cloth
- Moisturize and protect using coconut oil or shea butter
- Have your dog wear booties in extreme conditions
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Ellen runs a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont. She has experience with a variety of small animals, dogs and cats. She has also cared for ducks, chickens and rabbits. Combined, she has over 20 years of experience in pet care and pet sitting.