Jul 13, 2011 - Dogs get calluses on the pads of their paws from walking, without protection, on rough surfaces.
9. Muddle through wintertime blues. Bitter cold is definitely hard on everyone’s skin. Your dog is certainly not exempt. After outdoor walks, make sure that you have washed your dog’s paws with warm water so that salt and other harmful chemicals are rinsed away. To keep his pads from getting chapped or cracked, apply a paw protectant. Letting your pooch wear doggie boots to protect against freezing ice and dangerous salts and snow-melting chemicals is also advisable.
You may notice your dog’s paws are rough and dry at certain times of the year but not other times of the year. On the other hand, some dogs have dry paws all of the time. Causes for rough, dry paw pads vary seasonally and depending on where you live. For instance, during the summer time the heat of the concrete can damage the skin on the bottom of your dog’s paws. To avoid blistered paws walk your dog before the sun has a chance to heat up the concrete, or after the sun has cooled down. If your dog loves running on the beach, the sand and salty water are two other elements that can damage paw pads.
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Rough dog pads are the equivalent of calluses on human feet. They are nature’s way of protecting your dog’s paws against any sort of debris, rocks, and other pointy, edgy things that he might walk across on the ground. Think of them as your dog’s “shoes”.Under normal circumstances you don't need to apply lotion to your dog's paws. As he walks, runs and plays he will build up calluses on the pads of his feet that provide protection during regular activity. Although these calluses feel dry and coarse, they're supposed to be that way. The thick skin lets him run easily over rocks, cement, gravel, pine needles and other rough surfaces that would hurt our tender feet. As long as he doesn't suddenly become more active and his paws aren't damaged, your dog doesn't need lotion applied to the pads.The dog's paws provide both traction and shock absorption and come in handy for digging. Thick pads absorb more shock and increase endurance. Rough pads allow for better traction for quick turns and effective sprinting.That’s because a dog’s paw pad is made of an outer layer of very thick, rough skin. This thick, spongy skin provides traction and plays the role of shock absorber whenever a dog runs, jumps, or skids to a stop. Thus, the pads help to prevent injuries or abrasions to the paws.Dog foot pads can become cracked and dry from exposure to the elements. Outside dogs, in particular, can develop white rough spots on their paws from running or walking on rough surfaces such as concrete, rocks or sand. Keep your dog's pads hydrated with commercial canine pad creams or home remedies such as petroleum jelly. Avoid using products made for humans, as they can contain toxic substances. If pads develop deep cracks and bleed, see your vet to rule out possible infection.Keep the area on your pups feet clean and moisturized until the pad has healed. Once your dog’s paws are healed, cut back on the moisturizing. It is better for dogs to have rough paw pads then soft, tender ones, which could lead to further problems.