The paw is an important extremity in a dog’s body. It helps to insulate the dog’s feet, act as shock absorbers, and maintain balance. Although the paw is padded and sturdy, it is prone to many issues which may arise due to the environment, management, or diet.

Being an extreme part of the body, it is often neglected by pet parents and you might not know if your furry friend is having a problem with the paw. Depending on the severity, you might need to contact your Veterinarian when you notice any signs of dog paw problems.

Common signs of dog paw problems include:

  • Chewing and excessive licking of a paw.
  • Hair loss.
  • Dry and cracked paws
  • Limping or lameness.
  • Red and inflamed paws.
  • Discharges from the paws.
  • Cuts, tears, and abrasions.
  • Bleeding from the paws.
  • Foul-smelling paws.
  • Cysts and growths.

Common dog paw problems are:

  1. Nail Issues: This includes overgrown nails, torn nails, and ingrown nails.
  2. Infections: Bacteria and fungi are the major culprits in paw infections. The paws will appear sore, and itchy, with oily discharges.
  3. Parasites: Ticks like to lurk in between the paws where they cause discomfort and illness.
  4. Wounds: Cuts, lacerations, and abrasions are common when your doggo runs in rough terrains.
  5. Cysts/Growths: Tumors, cysts, and growth could be genetic or gotten from the environment.
  6. Allergies: Allergic dogs will be itching, chewing, and biting their paws repeatedly. Excessive licking sometimes makes the paw susceptible to bacterial or fungal infections.