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  • Writer's pictureLily Wear

Sole Mates: Caring for your Dog's Paws + Paw Scrub Recipe

As dog parents, we adore our fur children and strive to provide them with the best care and an abundance of love. While we diligently tend to their overall well-being, one area that often goes unnoticed is the health and maintenance of their paws. Those adorable little toe beans that carry them through life need proper attention and care to keep your pup healthy, comfortable, and happy. So, let's dive paw-first into keeping your furry friend's paws in tip-toe shape!

Regular Inspection

Check your dog's paw pads regularly for any signs of injury, cracking,

irritation, foreign objects, or excessive dryness. This gets your dog used to their paws being handled. It's always a great idea to pair this with treats to create a positive association.

Keep Them Clean

Clean your dog's paw pads after walks or outdoor activities. Use a damp

cloth or gentle pet wipes to remove dirt, debris, or any potentially harmful substances they may have stepped on.


Apply a dog-specific paw balm or moisturizer to keep the paw pads soft and supple.

This helps prevent dryness and cracking. Be sure to use a product formulated for dogs, as human lotions or creams can be harmful if ingested.

Avoid Harsh Surfaces

Limit your dog's exposure to hot pavement, asphalt, rough surfaces, or

icy conditions as much as possible. These surfaces can cause burns, abrasions, or frostbite. Walking your dog on grass or dirt paths can help keep their tender little feet much more comfortable. If your neighborhood doesn't have an abundance of great walking surfaces, it might be necessary to use protective booties.

Trim Nails Regularly

Keep your dog's nails trimmed to prevent overgrowth. Long nails can change

their gait, leading to uneven pressure distribution on the paw pads. Additionally, excessively

long nails can snag or break, causing pain and potential infection.

Paw Pad Protection

In extreme weather conditions, such as hot summer pavement or cold

winter surfaces, consider using dog booties or paw wax to provide extra protection and

insulation for your dog's paw pads.

Remember, if you notice problems with your dog's paw pads, such as cuts, bleeding, persistent lameness, strange odors, or signs of infection, consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Paw Pad Scrub Recipe


2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or olive oil)

2 tablespoons of oatmeal (ground into a powder), or oat flour

2 tablespoons of warm water

1 tablespoon of baking soda

-In a small bowl, combine coconut oil and oatmeal, and mix them together until well


-Add warm water to the mixture and stir until it forms a paste-like consistency.

-Sprinkle baking soda over the mixture and mix well to incorporate all the ingredients.

To Use:

-Gently massage your dog's paw pads with the scrub mixture, ensuring that it reaches all areas of the paw pads. Take care to be gentle and avoid causing any discomfort to your dog.

-Allow the scrub to sit on the paw pads for a few minutes (if your pup will allow) to allow the mixture to deodorize and moisturize.

-Rinse off the scrub with lukewarm water

-Pat the paw pads dry with a soft towel.

Important Note: It's always recommended to consult with your veterinarian before using any new products or treatments on your pet, especially if your dog has any skin conditions, allergies, or sensitivities. Additionally, monitor your dog during the process to ensure they are comfortable and not exhibiting any signs of irritation or discomfort.

How does your dog do with their paws being handled? Share with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by tagging #MamaWalksDogs. Got ideas, suggestions, or wanna share your experience? Comment below!

With Puppy and Kitty Love,

Lily the Dog Mama

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