PON Winter Paw
Salt on Feet
After a local
snow event, there is often a lot of salt left on the roads,
especially if it has been dry. If dogs get this in their paws, it
can become very irritating. If you suspect that your PON has got
salt in its feet, rinse the paws with warm water (no soap) then
soak each paw in a vinegar solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts
water for about 1 minute per foot. Let the feet dry naturally.
If your PON's
pads are particularly soft and prone to cracking, wait until they
have healed and every so often (on a healthy paw) dab on surgical
spirit with a wad of cotton wool. This will harden them up. Doing
this about three times a week should do the trick.
For sore cracked
pads, boil up some potato peel and use the water when cool to
immerse the paw. The pad will heal in a couple of days.
Trim out as much
of the hair between the pads as possible and dust with an anti-
Apply vaseline on
wet pads on your PON, then dust liberally with baby powder to
create a covering on the pad.
(from agricultural suppliers or horse tack shops) rubbed into the
paws will also soothe sore pads.
You can also use
1 pint of ivy leaves boiled in 2 pints of water. Allowed to cool,
and add 1 teaspoon of Witch Hazel to every cupful of liquid. Bathe
this onto the paws, then dust them with very fine oatmeal.
It may help to
stand your PON in warm water with two or three tablespoons of
Epsom Salts added for about 15 minutes twice a month.
If your PON gets
a wood splinter in its paw, soak the area in cooking oil to soften
the skin, and then apply an ice cube to deaden the paw before
removing the splinter with tweezers.
Please let us know
about your PON's paws and how these remedies helped him/her. Just
drop us an e-mail and include a photo of your PON.