Westies dogsí owners delight in companionship their dogs give them during long and leisurely walks. But this activity should be one that brings pleasure to both.
How can you ensure that your dog also enjoys these activities?
First, youíll need to get your dog accustomed to having his paws handled and manipulated.
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When your dog is tolerant of such treatment it would be easier for both you and veterinarian to carefully scrutinize your dog if there are cuts or bruises on, in and around his paws.
Where should these foot exams take place? Pick a spot thatís comfortable for both of you, and is at same time well-lit. Hereís how to do it. Put dogís paw in your hand. Run your finger around every pad. If you feel lumps, examine it closely to find out what it is.
Keep a pair of tweezers handy, to pull out bits of twig that may be stuck.
If skin is broken, put anti-bacterial ointment or powder on sore. Check next day to ensure it heals completely.Refrain from taking a walk with your dog in next couple of days, until healing is completed.
Hereís what you should do if you find a lump in one foot thatís not present in other foot. Get your dog to vet. He or she may have an abscess or an interdigital cyst.
Examine and trim paws regularly.
Regularly trim all hair thatís out from between pads. Donít trim it too tight. If you see a matt of hair sticking out, cut it. Donít strip or pull hairs. Itís painful for your dog.