Even in perfect weather conditions your dog’s paw pads can become dry, cracked, or otherwise damaged.
“Check your dog’s paws for ice around the pads and for irritation from sidewalk and road salt, which can lead to cracked paws, discomfort, and possible infection. It’s a good idea to wash the paw pads with room temperature water and smooth petroleum jelly on pads.” –
Keep your dog's footpads from becoming dry, cracked and possibly even infected by massaging them with moisturizing agents and protecting them from irritants.
How can I heal my dog’s cracked paw pads?
Causes of Cracked Paw Pads in Dogs | PetHelpful
There are so many times when you get worried about the rough paw pads of your dog. Usually rough or dry paw pads in are not an issue as they need to be hard because they are their socks and shoes. However sometimes dogs could have extremely dry paw pads similar to the dryness of , which can lead to cracking. In these times the paw needs attention. Some reasons and remedies for cracked are:Low zinc levels, to the point of deficiency, can cause dryness and in turn cracking of dog paw pads. If you suspect this kind of deficiency then take him to your vet. Omega-3 is a good source for Zinc and is found in . Fish oils should only be introduced in small doses to your dog’s diet as its excess can cause diarrhea in dogs. However always consult your vet before introducing any kind of item in his diet.During the winter months dogs exposed to snow, ice, ice melting products and frozen pavement are likely to develop dry pads. Exposure to lawn products, fertilizers and indoor floor cleaners may also contribute to dry and cracked paws. Avoid exposing your dog to lawn chemicals and salted concrete. You can use in winters also. If your dog doesn’t like them or otherwise, it is advisable to check his paws every time you come back from a walk. In case of cracked paw pads you can apply to keep them moist.Apply a moisturizer such as petroleum jelly to your dog's cracked pads. Rub it in well, as he will probably lick it. Because he's likely to lick it off, you might have to put an Elizabethan collar on him. These cones prevent dogs from gnawing or licking at wounded or healing areas. Along with or instead of a petroleum jelly-based moisturizer, you can try herbal moisturizers containing ingredients such as St. John's wort or calendula, which aid in soothing and healing.