This Is What Hot Pavement Can Do To Your Pup’s Paws

This Is What Hot Pavement Can Do To Your Pup’s Paws

Advertisement Warning: Medical image of burned paw pads below. June 21 is the first official day of summer, and with the U.S. already reporting record high temperatures, it looks like we are in for a hot one! Along with the risks of heat stroke and the dangers of hot vehicles, there is yet another hazard dogs face during the hotter months – scorched paw pads. On each paw, dogs have four digital pads (one for each toe), one large, heart-shaped metacarpal pad, and an elevated carpal pad located at the wrist joint. Some…continue reading →

What Is Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis And How To Heal It

A dog’s paw pads tend to go unnoticed in terms of upkeep, but they’re one of your pet’s most important physical features. They’re built tough, but there are certain conditions that cause paw pads to be painful. Paw pad hyperkeratosis is an example. This is a type of skin condition where a dog develops especially dry, crusty, and sensitive skin on the bottom of their paws. It’s also called “hairy dog feet” because it can look like the dog is sprouting an unusual type of hair on the bottoms of their feet. If…continue reading →