Common Paw Problems for Dogs
Dogs are active creatures and their paws are usually tough enough to handle minor scrapes and cuts. If you think that your dog has a more serious problem with his paws, it’s time to contact an animal clinic in Campbell or Saratoga.
Below are some of the most common types of paw problems that dog experience:
Bacterial and fungal infections. All dogs have some degree of bacteria and even yeast on their paws. Serious problems can occur if these microorganisms are allowed to get out of control. If you notice your dog repeatedly licks its paws, it’s a sign of possible infection. Check your dog’s paws for signs of redness or swelling. Your vet can treat the infections using antibiotics or special shampoos.
Ingrown nails. Ingrown nails can be painful and irritating to live with. If your dog’s nails aren’t kept trimmed or your dog doesn’t get enough exercise, ingrown nails can develop. If you suspect that your dog has an ingrown nail, don’t try to trim or treat it yourself. Call a vet clinic for help.
Burns. Humans often forget that their dogs are as vulnerable to burns as we are. Going for walks on hot sidewalks or streets can easily result in painful burns to your dog’s paws. If your dog has a burned paw, don’t wait. Contact your vet right away. Your dog may need emergency treatment in order to prevent further harm.
Ticks and mites. Pests are a problem that most dog owners are familiar with, but they can be difficult to spot if they’ve taken up residence in your dog’s paws. You shouldn’t try to remove ticks from your dog’s paw yourself. Has it done safely by a professional? Mites are invisible to the eye. If you see any of the signs of a mite problem such as persistent scratching, missing hair, or sores go to a vet to have your dog diagnosed.