by NativeRemedies on February 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am
When you take your pet for a walk, you realize just by looking down at the sidewalk, roadway or even grassy areas that these places are riddled with litter. This litter can be as simple as a piece of chewing gum to as dangerous as a piece of glass.
Unfortunately, unlike humans, our pets do not have the privilege on putting on shoes to protect their paws before walking outdoors. Without proper protection, your pet can develop cuts or scrapes on their paws.
Sometimes when your pet hurts their paw you will hear a loud yelp and know right away that something is wrong. Other times you may not even know for a couple hours that your pet has hurt its paw. It’s important to recognize signs of paw soreness. Obvious signs of paw soreness are limping or “babying” one side or the other and broken skin, however; one of the first signs of paw soreness is constant licking. Pets will lick a sore over and over again for hours and can make a small cut, scape or burn – even worse.
How to Prevent Paw Soreness
To ensure your pup didn’t pick anything up on the road, after you return from your walk, inspect his/her paws. Apart from littered terrain affecting your pet’s paws, weather conditions can as well. Icy roadways and unkind environments can cause paws to chap and crack from dryness, while hot pavement in the summertime can cause blisters and burns. Prevent both of these conditions by wrapping your pet’s paws with protective pads.
Soothing sore paws naturally can be easier than you think. First and foremost, you must take out any debris causing paw irritation using tweezers. After paws are clear of foreign objects, try putting cotton balls soaked in Epsom salt on pads to calm inflamed areas. Also, using natural remedies such as St. John’s Wort, Calendula offinalis and Plantago lanceolata which contain anti-inflammatory properties, can soothe sore paws.
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