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Pet supplements to support paw health and for paw injuries in dogs and cats. Paw Injuries

Herbal treatments for paws to help soothe foot pad injuries in cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function with all other cells to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.

Dog and cat paw health tends to be overlooked by many owners, but keeping your pet’s paws healthy is in fact one of the most important things for animal wellness and well being. Dogs and cats have very little protection on their paws, and yet they walk, run, and jump on concrete roads, rugged terrains, ice and snow, and rocky paths. Their paws are constantly being exposed to a variety of potentially dangerous conditions. It is not surprising that dog and cat paw injuries are common.

If your dog or cat is always licking and chewing on his paws, it probably means that there are some kinds of contaminants (e.g. allergens, toxins, chemicals, etc.) that are irritating his paws. Before your dog or cat gets into the habit of licking and chewing his paws incessantly, try to use foot soaks to decontaminate his paws every time he returns home from the outside.

There are a lot of ways in which a dog or cat can injure its paws. Inflammation or infection can be caused by foreign objects lodged between toes, causing swelling and pain.

The most common causes of paw inflammation and injury include:

Cuts on the pads by sharp objects

Cracks on the dog's pads due to hot, dry, or cold weather

Insect bites or stings

Broken toenails

Dislocated toes

Foreign objects (e.g. small rocks, burrs, etc.) lodged between the toes

Signs and symptoms of dog paw injuries depend on the cause, with the most common signs as follows:


Reluctance to use the injured foot

Chewing or licking the affected paw


Swelling, reddness, pain, itching (in cases of insect bites or stings)

Our dog's and cat’s foot pads can be dry and rough in the winter time, especially if you live in a place where it is cold and snowy. Rock salt and most chemical de-icers can irritate a dog's and cat’s paws. Salt and de-icers caught between our pet’s toes can make walking uncomfortable. Most de-icing products or rock salt are also toxic to dogs and cats if ingested.

As much as possible, stay away from heavily salted areas when walking your dog.

Check your dog's paws after walking. Specifically, look between toes and examine the foot pads for cracks in the skin.

To avoid ingestion of salt or de-icers by your dog, always wash his paws with warm water or use one of the foot soaks introduced in the video above after winter walks and activities.

Apply balm to your dog's or cat’s foot pads after washing to prevent drying up or cracking.

There are several things that you can do to protect your pet’s paws and keep them in healthy condition and these include:

Check your pet’s paws for cuts, scrapes, burrs (prickly seed) or objects lodged between the toes after he has been outside

Wash cuts and scrapes with an anti-bacterial soap and dry gently

Keep your dog or cat’s nails trimmed and regularly check that none have grown into the pad

Use tweezers to pull out foreign objects between your pet’s toes and remember to be gentle!

Protect your pet’s paws during winter by wrapping their paws in protective pads, boots or use a natural de-icing spray

Avoid allowing your pet to run on a hot a road or pavement as this may burn their pads

Nail Health:

Dog's and cat's nails that are allowed to grow too long can raise health issues, so it is important to have your pet's nails trimmed regularly. One result of extended nail growth is ingrown nails which can be very painful.Extended nails can also break easily. In addition, long nails also make it difficult for dogs and cats to place their full body weight on their feet. As a result, pets with long nails may develop sore feet, legs and hips. 

Most dogs and cats do not like having their nails cut or trimmed, especially if we use one of those guillotine style nail clippers. It is easy to cut too close to the "quick" resulting in bleeding. It's really painful and with one injury, nail trimming can become an unpleasant memory and a lifelong fight against nail trims. If someone hurt your nails, how willing would you be to do it again?

It may be best to have a professional groomer trim your dog's and cat's nails as they have the proper equipment.

Tip #1: If you use a nail clipper and accidentally cut the "quick", and you don't have access to some styptik powder, you can simply apply some cornstarch or cayenne pepper to the nail to stop the bleeding.

Tip #2: Rub a little Vaseline into the nails after trimming and polish them with a soft cloth to make them look shiny and clean.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies help to treat dog and cat paw injuries, to help maintain and strengthen paw and skin health; to heal, soothe and condition burns, wounds, cuts and scrapes, to condition and protect paws and pads from cracking and to heal cracked paws quickly, used as an anti-inflammatory and as a soothing tonic for the skin, to improve blood circulation and to boost immunity, potentially bypassing infection.

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant to help  repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, hot spots, allergies, insect bites, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, both bacterial and viral, containing a natural antiobitic base capable of fighting skin bacteria related to Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona Aeruginosa and Propionibacterium acnes.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune response, promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat,reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Baby Love Bits – (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility, as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex, supports the Central Nervous System, stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism, aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance, improves liver function and liver health, purifies whole bodily systems, keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy, for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

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