Your dog’s paw pads are ruff and tough but they are far from invincible. In fact, it’s very easy for burned dog paws to ruin your pup’s day. Paw pad burns can develop from simply walking on hot pavement, trotting over freshly poured asphalt, or coming into contact with chemicals.
Signs Of Burned Dog Paws
- Your dog is limping, or completely refusing to walk
- Paw pads are darker than usual
- Missing parts of the footpad
- Visible blisters or redness
- Dogs commonly lick and chew at burned paws in hopes of finding some relief
What To Do Immediately After You Notice Burned Dog Paw Pads
If your dog has second or third degree burns, please take them to an emergency veterinarian clinic right away! For minor to moderate first degree burns…
- Submerge burned paw pads in cold water for a minimum of 10 minutes. If your dog doesn’t want to keep his or her paw in water, try holding a soaked cloth over the paw instead.
- After the paw pad is wet, use soap and water or betadine to gently wash paws and clean out any impurities that could lead to infection. Cut away any hair that could get into the paw and cause irritation or infection.
- Pat the paw dry; be extra careful not to rub at paws because burned paw pads are sensitive and can be quite painful.
- For minor burns, apply Paw Soother to help soothe and moisturize damaged skin. Paw Soother is an all-natural balm capable of instantly soothing discomfort associated with burns. The unique blend of vegan and organic ingredients not only soothes, but also goes to work healing so that your dog returns to normal faster.
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Your dog is perfectly safe if they lick at Paw Soother or Skin Soother, but you may still need to apply a sock or wrap over injured paws so that your dog doesn’t continue to lick and postpone healing.
Dogs may appear to have burned paws but are instead may be suffering from allergies or some other
irritant. The great thing about Skin Soother is that it is formulated to treat a variety of ailments, including yeast, fungal and bacterial infections, as well as allergies and skin impactions, plus more. No matter the issue, you’re still doing right by your pup.
Whatever you do, do not apply Aloe Vera to your dog’s burn. While it’s the go-to for humans, the ASPCA lists it as potentially toxic to dogs and cats.
Preventing Paw Pad Burns
Recognizing how sensitive your dog’s paw pads are is the first step to preventing injuries in the future.
Always watch your dog while playing outside to prevent him or her from getting into chemicals, freshly poured asphalt, hot coals or anything else that could result in injury.
After going for a walk, inspect your dog’s paws and wash them off with a moist rag to remove chemicals, like deicers, known to create painful paw burns.
If the weather is 80 °F, the pavement could be hotter than 100 °F. Always feel the pavement with the bottom of your bare hand before letting your dog walk on it. If you can’t comfortably hold your palm to the asphalt for 10 seconds or more, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
Provide an extra barrier of protection against the elements by applying PawTection to your dog’s paws each day. This moisturizing balm adds a layer of protection between your dog’s paws and the ground, helping prevent the risk of burning and other common paw injuries.
Signs Your Dog Needs Veterinary Attention For Burned Paw Pads
- The paw is not healing at all, or seems to be getting worse.
- It appears your dog has a second or third degree burn. Take your dog to the vet immediately for anything more serious than a first-degree burn.
- Your dog is refusing to walk or acting like they are in a considerable amount of pain.
- Entire sections of the paw pad are missing or visibly burned off.