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Pet Peeves: Can I Put My Moisturizer on My Dogs' Paws?

Pet Peeves: Can I Put My Moisturizer on My Dogs' Paws?

Q: My dog's paw pads are super dry, so dry they're nearly cracking. I know cold weather is coming soon and this will worsen — can I rub some of my lotion or Vaseline on them?

A: I commend your concern for bow owwies on the paw pads but you need to be careful what you rub him down with. Maybe you also want to sweeten them up, corn chip smell and all, but step away from your perfumed lotion! Search for a good pad moisturizer (Samson likes Opie and Dixie's healer) or ask your vet if the problem is severe. Not only can human hand moisturizer soften the pads too much for extra slips or slides, but the ingredients may also be harmful if ingested (read: licked).

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VMiami VMiami 5 years
Holistic solution: Coconut Oil! They sell it special at doggie supermarkets, but regular coconut oil from the supermarket is exactly the same and much cheaper. It's solid and melts with the heat of your hand and all natural in case pooch starts licking his paws. Ironically, also good for their digestion.
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