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Spotlight on Fido's Paws

September 1, 2020

Does your pup know how to Shake Paw ? Dogs’ paws are very cute. They’re also crucial to your pet’s health and well-being! Without those furry feet, Fido couldn’t run to greet you at the door, or jump to catch his favorite toy. A Bend, OR vet discusses dogs’ paws in this article. 


Overgrown nails may not sound like a big deal, but they are actually quite problematic for dogs. Fido may change his stride a bit to compensate. This puts a lot of stress on his bones and joints! Long claws can aggravate or contribute to painful bone/joint issues, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. You don’t want that! Keep your canine pal’s nails clipped. If you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, get a clipper that has sensors in it. You can also just call us to schedule a peticure. 

Paw Pads

Fido’s paw pads act as shock absorbers, cushioning his bones and joints from impact when he jumps, bounces, or runs. They also keep his bones warm in cold weather, and help him regulate his temperature. Those ‘toe beans’ are very delicate, however. In hot weather, your furry friend can get painful blisters from walking or running on scorching-hot ground or abrasive sand. In winter, snow, salt, sand, and ice can cause chemical burns or abrasions. Use paw balm to protect your pup’s feet, and keep him on soft ground as much as you can. 

Toe Fur

We know, those little tufts of fur Fido has between his toes are very cute. However, it’s best to clip them. They can collect things like gum or ice, and can get painfully matted. 

Paw Massage

Many people enjoy a relaxing foot or hand massage. Try this on Fido. He may enjoy it! 

Paws For Thought

Do you often see your pooch licking his paws? This can be a sign of stress. It can also sometimes be indicative of medical issues, such as allergies or joint pain. This is definitely something you would want to tell your vet. 


Does your pooch hate having his feet handled? Teach Fido that he will get a yummy treat for letting you shake his paw. Chances are, he’ll soon become much more agreeable about the matter! 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Bend, OR vet clinic, we’re here to help!

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