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Routine foot care for your dog is very important, because they spend so much time on their feet without any protection of shoes. Here are a few tips for your dogs foot care.
Examine feet on a regular basis to make sure it has not picked up any foxtails or stickers. If so, remove them with tweezers. Clean small cuts and apply antibiotic cream. (Seek a vet for more severe wounds.)
Small cuts or mild skin disease may cause infections in the sweat glands in your dog's feet, resulting in swelling or abscesses between toes. (This is especially common in Bull Terriers, Dobermans, and Pekingese.) Soaking the affected foot in warm salt water often will relieve pain. (More severe or persistent infections need vet care.)
If your dog steps in something gooey, soften it by rubbing the foot with margarine, peanut butter, or shortening; then work it off. Apply ice to chewing gum, it will become brittle and easier to remove. You can also soak the foot in a mixture of warm salt water and olive or mineral oil.
Road salt and sidewalk ice melt products can be an irritant to the footpads; washing and drying your dog's feet after being outside helps reduce this painful condition and prevents him from licking it off when he licks his feet. Booties are another option. Ice balls can form between your dog's toes too, this can be prevented by spraying his feet with silicon spray before he goes out.