Paws are part of your animal’s sensitive and fragile zones. That is why it is important to take really good care of them, and especially of the footpads: they are the most exposed part of the paws and are very fragile. Indeed, they’re essentially made of skin and are in direct contact with the ground.
A perfect hygiene: nails, hairs, etc.
One of the best ways to protect your dog’s paws is to clean them regularly. The inspection of the paws and fingers allows to detect lesions: an example is the spikelet, a seed present in fields and yards that may stick to your dog’s paws. This seed may become dangerous for your dog and create infections or even abscesses. Don’t forget to inspect their fifth finger (the little one!) and to cut their nails when they’re too long.
Taking care of the footpads.
Footpads are very exposed and you must keep an eye on them regularly. After each walk, try to have a look at them to prevent any infection or cut. It’s better to be sad than sorry! If your animal suddenly limps or licks his/her paw, the first thing you should do is to inspect the footpads before taking your dog to the vet.
Some dog accessories exist to prevent your dog’s paws from any danger. You can put boots on your dog for each walk if he/she is sensitive, but it often takes some time so he/she gets used to it. You can also find soothing repairing creams, that you can apply regularly.