When you think about it, dog’s feet are really incredibly tough. Consider all the potentially hazardous things you’ve seen your dog run over or through without incurring injury. But this should not create a false sense of security. That’s why everyone should read Diana Laverdue’s article on dogster about how to keep paws healthy:
Imagine if you walked barefoot everywhere you went, exposing your feet to harsh surfaces such as scorching asphalt in the summer and chemical de-icers in the winter, as well as rocks, sand, burrs, broken glass, and a host of other foot hazards. Given the demands placed on dogs’ paws, it’s easy to see how they are vulnerable to injuries.
The tips include foot-fur grooming, proper nail maintenance, and watching out for seasonal hazards.