Dog with dry, cracked pads? Top 5 remedies!

June 9th, 2023 at 11:31 am EDT

Pads are similar to our feet... they get overlooked but are super critical...If you have ever had a foot issue, you know what I mean :-(

I currently have an Achilles tendon tear that is slooooooowly mending... not good

So I have been using this topically and orally (in the human version).

Great for natural pain relief:

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How to treat dry dog paws with natural remedies

Prevention is key to protecting your dog’s feet. You can use some items you may already have at home in your medicine cabinet, buy balms that have safe, natural ingredients.

Avoid products with artificial fragrances or chemical ingredients, as they may sting or irritate your dog’s paw pads.

  1. Shea Butter. Rubbing this into paw pads can soothe, smooth, and hydrate skin. It’s naturally moisturizing, as Shea Butter is a fat made from African shea tree seeds.

  2. Vitamin E. This may already be a part of your dog’s diet, but it’s also available as a cream. This natural nutrient helps heal blisters, cracks, and dry spots. If your pet is fond of baths, try adding Vitamin E oil to the tub. Just make sure your dog doesn’t lick it off or drink the water!

  3. Beeswax. Nature’s solution for healing chapped skin, blisters, and dry spots is an eco-friendly option. Beeswax is a common skincare ingredient because it locks in moisture. This natural remedy is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory — and perfectly safe for dogs to eat.

  4. Castor Oil. This is an all natural oil from the Castor bean, which can be especially beneficial. It can from a barrier of protection, and is anti-inflammatory.

  5. Vaseline. This is the 'old' veterinary home remedy, and still the most effective. It will stay on the longest, forming a protective barrier keeping the moisture in the pad promoting healing, and protecting the pad.

How to protect your dog’s feet

Avoid extreme weather when possible. On hot summer days, walk early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid high heat when the ground is cooler. During winter, take shorter walks and wipe your dog’s paws with water before drying with a towel. If your dog will tolerate it, put booties on their paws to protect them from extreme temperatures.

At-home grooming like washing their feet, grooming their nails, and cutting their fur can help protect paws from irritants and prevent bacteria from forming. Dog booties are also a great option — like these anti-slip booties with reflective straps.

How to touch your pooch’s paws without panic

Some pups don’t want to stay still and loathe having their sensitive paws touched. If your pooch is fighting your touch, try easing them into a regular paw care process.

Keep your canine companion comfortable — Dogs will feel more relaxed in a familiar environment.

Give your dog an at-home spa day with a paw massage — Start gently massaging balm into the paw pads. Massaging paw pads helps to get dogs used to having their paws touched while circulating blood flow.

Pet the top of their paws gently — Get your pup used to your touch when they are laying down or sitting. The fur on top is less sensitive.

Frequently complement your dog — Rewarding them with treats and compliments for good behavior reinforces that paw massages are a good time.

Be patient and let your dog adjust — Some dogs may take weeks to get comfortable having their paws touched, while other dogs may never enjoy the experience.

Rubbing paw balm into their pads a few times a week helps dogs paws stay conditioned and healthy.

Pads that are worn/injured

Preparation H — This is the one home remedy that I have seen to be MOST EFFECTIVE. It provides pain relief, and promotes rapid foot pad healing.

  • Soak affected pad daily for 10-15mins in antiseptic soak ( ie in hibitane)

  • Dry pad

  • Apply Preparation H cream

  • Bandage, apply non- stick telfa pad, and then cover with gauze and vet-wrap

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

P.S. Prevention is key, so if you are running your dog on hard surfaces, please get some well fitted dog booties.

Also if you need to apply any form of treatment, please also use some form of pain relief - CBD is a great option.

P.P.S. I encourage you to try my CBD for dogs and cats.

It is a whole plant extract meaning it has all the potentially helping cannabinoids that interact with each other to be beneficial, as well as using hemp seed oil as the carrier oil (often this can make it more effective)

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