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Paw Pads

Puppies are born with perfectly smooth soft paw pads.  Most problems can be prevented by correct pad care from the beginning.  Preventative care depends on the use of a good pad cream, containing lanolin and wax.  Usually this is applied before going out in slushy conditions to avoid salt getting into the pads, but regular maintenance is a superior strategy.

After bathing when the pads are slightly damp, have your Dobe lie down on the carpet in an area where you can both be comfortable and relaxed.  Always choose the same spot for this activity so that your dog knows what to expect. 

Find a couple of sheets of cardboard or paper to place under the feet.  Use a pad cream like Tomlin's Protecta-Pad and work generously into the pads, not forgetting the little pastern pad up top on the front legs.  This grooming activity is also good practice for the stay command; have your Dobe stay lying on her side until the cream has had a chance to soak in well.  She'll probably fall asleep because a foot massage is very relaxing . . . ];@}=

Repeat this treatment every week or two, depending on conditions.  Wet summer conditions can be as damaging as slushy winter conditions.

If you have a home-made recipe for pad cream, I'd love to hear about it.

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