The pads are taking a Winter wolloping, as we start the New Year. Central Heating and then out onto cold sand, mud, tarmac or (sharp intake of breath) snow. Imagine if we had to negotiate all that in soggy socks?
The fluctuating temperature’s cause cracked pads, making pooches paws uncomfortable, not to mention increasing the risk of infections. At Hair of the Dog, we massage a mask onto cracked pads, replacing the moisture and in turn this protects worn out feet from further damage. We trim the bulk of hair from between the feet, helping to reduce slip-risks.
Dogs paws can pick up burrs, debris, dirt, ice and more recently there have been outbreaks of Alabama Rot. The chemicals in de-icing grit used on the roads can cause a lot of discomfort. Obviously, if you suspect serious damage get your canine pal straight into the vets. Regular pawdicures with a professional groomer should help reduce these issues.
Desensitising your dog to having his feet touched is really important. Settle your dog and start to positiviely reward him or her for allowing you to touch their pads and build up slowly to being able to touch inbetween the pads. This maybe crucial if your dog picks up a stone in his pad when out on a walk.
At Hair of the Dog we don’t just groom but we train too. If you have any training or grooming issues and you are within driving distance of Cherry Lane Garden Centre Braintree then please pop in with your pooch to book a training assesment, or grooming slot. Canine Welfare is at the heart of everything we do. We want dog grooming or dog training to be a positive experience for your four legged family member. The fastest response is through our FACEBOOK page @hairofthedogcoggeshall but you can also call 07539605752.