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.
Wipe your puppy's feet with a damp paper towel to remove excess dirt from his rough pads.
Pour 5 to 6 drops of fragrance-free lotion or baby oil onto a cotton ball.
Rub the bottom of each foot with the lotion, until the entire pad has been covered. Add more lotion as needed.
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
- Wikimedia Commons