How to Soften Rough Puppy Foot Pads

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A puppy's foot pads put on a lot of miles, and all the jumping and running can make their pads rough. While it's a normal part of aging for a dog's foot pads to develop some callusing to protect them from injury, if your puppy's pads seem rougher than normal it's a good idea to take preventive action and soften the foot pads before they get too rough and begin to crack.

Step 1

Wipe your puppy's feet with a damp paper towel to remove excess dirt from his rough pads.

Step 2

Pour 5 to 6 drops of fragrance-free lotion or baby oil onto a cotton ball.

Step 3

Rub the bottom of each foot with the lotion, until the entire pad has been covered. Add more lotion as needed.

Step 4

Add the contents of one capsule vitamin E to your puppy's food each day to keep her pads healthy and prevent thick, rough calluses from forming.


  • Always remember that a puppy's foot should be slightly rough to be healthy, as too soft a paw can lead to injuries.

Items You Will Need

  • Paper towel
  • Fragrance-free lotion or baby oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Vitamin E capsules


About the Author

Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.

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