Care for Cracking Yellow Labrador Paw Pads

"You go fetch the ball; my feet hurt."
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Labrador retrievers are a very active bunch all year round, which leads to cracking paw pads. Paw pads crack from constant running, jumping, changes in weather, dryness and cold. Give your yellow lab a pad massage to heal his cracks; he’ll thank you with lots of kisses.

Step 1

Pour warm water in a bowl. Sit on the floor and call your lab to you. Ask him to sit and then lie down on his side. If he lies down with his feet underneath him, give him a nudge to lay him on his side for access to all four paws.

Step 2

Dip a washcloth in the warm water and gently wash his paw pads to remove any dirt or debris. Dry each paw pad with a towel.

Step 3

Give your yellow Labrador a few treats to keep him occupied while his feet completely air-dry.

Step 4

Apply a small amount of paw pad conditioner or petroleum jelly. Rub it into each pad gently until it is absorbed into the skin.

Step 5

Put boots on your four-legged friend before going on a walk. You may need to practice indoors, letting him acclimate himself to the boots for a few days with lots of praise and treats.

Step 6

Clean and care for your pet's pads twice a day until the cracks close and his pads strengthen. Continue using the paw pad lotion once a day for maintenance.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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