My dogs paws are very dry and cracked. Is this normal or should I be putting cream on them?

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Ask the Vet: 我的狗爪子很乾燥,甚至乾裂了,這是正常的嗎?我應該給牠塗潤膚露嗎?| My dogs paws are very dry and cracked. Is this normal or should I be putting cream on them?
 

Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc

我想你是指牠的肉墊,這是狗爪子很重要的一部分,有着保護皮膚及附近組織,以及承受每天的活動所帶來的壓力的功能。肉墊乾燥甚至乾裂是不正常的,那會引致感染,包括寄生蟲向內滲透,軟組織疼痛及情緒低落。我建議你先用凡士林、椰子油或者嬰兒油每天為牠的肉墊按摩,並且留意牠的飲食,保證牠有均勻的飲食。檢查牠是否有鉤蟲,並在牠的食物中加點維生素H粉。持續一個月後,如果仍然沒有效果,你最好帶牠去看獸醫。

DR. PAULINE SAYS I assume you mean the pads. These are very important parts of your dogs paws, protecting the skin and surrounding tissues and absorb the pressures associated with day to day activities. It is not normal for them to be dry and cracked as that opens the way to infections including parasites percolating inwards, soft tissue pain and distress. I suggest you start by gently massaging the pads daily with Vaseline, coconut or baby oil and look carefully at his diet to ensure it’s well balanced. Treat him for hookworms and add some biotin powder to the food. Try this for a month and if that doesn’t work best check in with your vet. 



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