Winter Paw Care
Salt on Feet
winter clean ups, 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
dog 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
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
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- fungal powder.
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
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. Consult your
veterinarian whenever first aid measures do not heal paws within
a few days.