Do your dogs get blisters on their feet? My dog Maya gets dog blisters on her feet almost every time we go someplace where there is concrete. Remember the post about Maya getting to swim in a public pool? It happened there too because she was running on the concrete area around the pool.
Did you know that the black pavement of the road can be very hot in warm weather? It can burn your dog’s feet and cause worse dog blisters than the one photographed here. Try walking barefoot on it on a nice sunny day and see for yourself. Thankfully, when testing the white concrete of a sidewalk, it wasn’t hot. White concrete does not absorb heat as much as the black pavement of the road.
But Maya wasn’t walking on black pavement. So why did she get dog blisters on her feet? No worries, the vet said she was fine. He explained that it is happening for the same reason that we get blisters. If we walk around barefoot or wear shoes that we are not used to, we get blisters. But if we get used to walking around barefoot or we get used to wearing those shoes, our feet toughen up and we stop getting the blisters.
See, Maya is a pampered house dog. She walks on carpet and hardwood floors most of the time. She does go for walks every day and plays around in the soft grassy yard. But she doesn’t run on concrete very often. If we go for walks, she is fine. But if I were to decide to take her running on the sidewalk, she would probably get blisters. She also gets blisters if I take her to the waterfront area of the dog park. The waterfront has concrete and lots of sharp rocks.
Thankfully, the dog blisters heal fairly quickly. According to the vet, no treatment was necessary for Maya. I just needed to keep an eye on her feet to look out for infection. Maya does a good job of keeping her feet clean (vet says it is okay if she licks them). So what can I do to prevent Maya from getting dog blisters on her feet? First, I shouldn’t let Maya overdo it in areas where there are lots of rocks or concrete. Second, while I should cut down the time spent in areas that irritate her feet, I should also take her out more often in order toughen up her feet.
If this happens to your dog, you probably won’t need to be too worried unless the dog blisters are worse than the ones of Maya’s feet photographed above. Talk to your vet if you have any concerns.
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