Dog paws act both as shock absorbers and brakes. They help protect the bones and joints in and around the foot, while also aiding stability when on slippery surfaces or steep slopes. Even though paw pads are made up of a thick layer of fatty tissue, they can still be susceptible to injury, cracking, and discomfort.
It is easy to think that dogs' paws are very tough and with little feeling. However, they're actually quite sensitive. Cold weather, snow, ice and de-icer as well as hot pavements can all damage your dog’s paw pads. Walking on rough terrain can wear pads down causing cracks, abrasions and cuts. Although the occasional nibble of the paw is no reason for concern, any above average chewing or licking of the paws could be an indication that something is wrong. Paw balm is a great tool for general paw care as it can help protect your dog’s paw pads and has many benefits including;
· Moisturising paw pads
· Protecting paws form the elements, chemicals, ice, concrete & other rough surfaces
· Treating minor blisters, cracks, cuts & allergic irritation on paws
· Alleviating discomfort from dog paw hyperkeratosis ( also known as ‘hairy paw’) which is a health condition that causes paw pads (and noses) to thicken and crack.
Ultimately the best approach to looking after your dog's paws is to take the time to check each paw frequently and thoroughly. Don’t just rely on being able to notice any irregularities with your dog's behaviour.
Smellez 4 Pawz Paw Balms are cruelty-free, vegan friendly formulations which are packed with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties designed to soothe paws and other problem areas such as cracked/rough elbow skin. They are great at hydrating and moisturising due to all-natural ingredients such as;
Coconut oil which is packed full of vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial for skin health. It is a natural anti-fungal, antibiotic, and antiseptic oil which can help protect wounds from infection. It can help protect paws from getting sore and irritated as it not only moisturizes but can act as a protective balm creating a barrier between your dog’s paws, and any irritants.
Shea butter soothes, softens, and hydrates. It contains a unique substance known as cinnamic acid, which has natural antibacterial properties which can help ward off infection and speed up wound healing. Shea butter also contains naturally occurring vitamins A and E. The former is known to speed up the recovery and regeneration of the skin and the latter can help soothe irritation and speed recovery. Essential fatty acids keep the skin healthy, elastic, and better prepared to heal itself should the need arise.
Olive wax is obtained from Olive Oil and has all of the same benefits of the natural essential fatty acids contained in olive oil. It acts as a protective barrier to the skin, softens, soothes and helps combat moisture loss, enhancing suppleness as well as helping the absorption of other ingredients.
Nose & Toes is unscented which also makes it ideal for applying to sensitive, dry and crusty noses. It contains Sweet Almond oil which, as well as being full of vitamin E and vitamin A and fatty acids, also contains minerals which help reduce irritation, along with zinc which can help smooth rough and calloused skin. This makes it perfect for smoothing, softening, and locking in moisture for dry toes, nose, ears and anywhere else that's looking a little dry or flaky.
Just 4 Pawz has been designed to help speed recovery of minor cuts and prevent infection as well as helping to calm allergies and sensitivity using all-natural ingredients including;
Neem oil can help reduce itchiness associated with allergies, treat skin infections, fight fungal infections and soothe inflammation. It's thought to boost collagen production too.
Carrot Seed oil is great for dry, sensitive skin which is prone to infection. It can rejuvenate and stimulate and improve elasticity of tissues.
Palmarosa essential oil is rich in nutrients and penetrates deeply to nourish and lock in moisture.
Lavender essential oil is probably the No 1 essential oil when it comes to healing skin conditions and cuts. With its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial and detoxifying benefits, it soothes and calms and helps heal minor cuts and scrapes.
(* Please don't use this balm on noses as it contains essential oils which could be overpowering to your dog's very sensitive sense of smell.)
A balm will help keep your dog's paws in optimum condition and can be applied as often as necessary, especially before your dog goes outside in harsh weather or on rough terrain and/or after they come back inside.
Of course, if your dog hates having their feet touched, you might want to start giving regular foot massages to get them used to you touching their feet and this will hopefully mean that the next time you need to apply a paw balm there isn't a fuss!
Always seek veterinary advice and care if you are concerned or irritation continues.