Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Nutrition Center - Tips

Regularly Check Your Dog's Paws

Filed Under

Chances are you can catch any paw issues early if you make checking your dog’s paws part of your normal routine. For example, skin that looks red could indicate that an infection is starting, van Eckert says. Take the time to...

READ MORE

Be Careful with Floor Cleaners

Filed Under

Some floor cleaners contain harsh chemicals that just aren’t good for your dog’s paws, van Eckert says. “Not only is there a risk of [their skin] absorbing the chemicals directly from the floor, they’re also...

READ MORE

Keep Nails Trimmed

Filed Under

How often a dog’s nails need to be trimmed is breed- and lifestyle-dependent, but it’s still something you should be aware of. “The longer [the nails] are, the easier they are to split and get torn off and that,...

READ MORE

Get Your Dog Comfortable with Paw Touching

Filed Under

Many dogs don’t like when their paws are touched, van Ekert says. This can create problems during grooming or if a paw injury does occur. If you have a puppy, though, these problems can easily be avoided. “As soon as people...

READ MORE

Take Walks During Cooler Times

Filed Under

The heat of summer might mean it’s time to reevaluate your normal walking schedule to one that’s more comfortable for both you and your dog. Mandell recommends walking in the morning or evening, keeping walks short, providing...

READ MORE

Examine Paws After Walks

Filed Under

Hiking is a great warm-weather activity, but rough terrain and unexpected objects might make it a dangerous one, too. You’ll want to be aware of what your dog is walking on, but Mandell says that’s sometimes not enough. “Just...

READ MORE

Be Wary of Hot Asphalt

Filed Under

Summer often means more outside time for dogs, but there are plenty of paw hazards to consider when the temperature rises. Surfaces like asphalt can really soak up the sun (and heat). “If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot,...

READ MORE

Consider Boots or Foot Wax

Filed Under

Although a dog’s paws are better suited for cold and snow than human feet, she can still benefit from protection, says Dr. Katherine van Ekert, a veterinarian and co-founder of VetPronto, a veterinary network that provides home care...

READ MORE

Watch the Clock in Cold Weather

Filed Under

Like humans, dogs shouldn’t stay out in the cold too long. Frostbite can affect a dog’s paws and other parts of the body too, Mandell says. Luckily, it shouldn’t be a problem if you keep an eye on the time. Cold temperatures...

READ MORE

Watch Out for Ice Patches

Filed Under

Your pup may love to play outside in the wintertime, but her exuberance could lead to pain if you’re not careful. “Dogs can slip and fall just like we can,” Mandell says. Ice can also have sharp edges that will cut a dog’s...

READ MORE

Wipe Off Paws in Winter

Filed Under

Ice, snow, salt, and other chemicals can all be harmful to a dog’s paws, our experts say. “Always make sure to wipe their paws when they come inside. It’s extremely important to get all the salt, ice, and dirt off,”...

READ MORE

12 Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Paws All Year Round

Filed Under

By Elizabeth Xu Paw problems in dogs may not be obvious to pet parents, but if left untreated, these issues can cause a lot of discomfort for our canine friends. “Paws are pretty sturdy,” says Dr. Deborah Mandell,...

READ MORE

12 Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Paws All Year Round

Filed Under Slideshows

Paw problems can cause a lot of discomfort for dogs. Veterinary experts share tips on how pet parents can protect their dog's paws all year round.

VIEW SLIDESHOW

Drug Allergies

Filed Under

Drug allergies are relatively rare in cats, but any individual can have an adverse reaction to a particular drug without warning. Symptoms vary but can include itching, hives, fever, vomiting, hair loss (topical products) and in severe cases...

READ MORE

Perfumes

Filed Under

Some cats are very sensitive to the perfumes that are frequently added to cat litters, cleaning products, air sprays, carpet powders, dryer cloths, etc. If you find that your cat is sneezing or becoming itchy after contact with these types of...

READ MORE

Plastic Food Bowls

Filed Under

Human allergies to plastic have been documented in scientific literature, and while similar studies have not been done in cats, anecdotal reports seem to link eating and drinking from plastic bowls with a condition called feline chin acne that...

READ MORE

Food Allergies

Filed Under

Allergies to particular ingredients in food are another type of feline allergy. Cats with food allergies typically have itchy skin and may also develop recurrent skin or ear infections and have gastrointestinal signs like vomiting, diarrhea...

READ MORE

Household Allergens

Filed Under

Cats can also be allergic to indoor allergens like mold, dust, household mites, etc. Indoor allergies are indistinguishable from outdoor allergies, except that the licking, biting and scratching is often year-round rather than seasonal right...

READ MORE

Pollen

Filed Under

Allergies to tree, weed and grass pollen are common in cats. Affected individuals lick, chew and scratch anywhere on their bodies and in severe cases, may cause significant skin damage. These allergies often start out as being seasonal (occurring...

READ MORE

Flea Allergies

Filed Under

Many cats have allergies to fleas and become incredibly itchy after being bitten just once or twice. You may not be able to find any evidence of fleas on your cat because cats with flea allergies tend clean themselves very aggressively. Licking,...

READ MORE

Common Cat Allergies

Filed Under

By Jennifer Coates, DVM Allergies are on the rise in people, and nobody is exactly sure why. Maybe it’s because we no longer have to continuously battle parasites and germs, which leaves our immune systems free to overreact to potential...

READ MORE

7 Common Cat Allergies

Filed Under Slideshows

Read on to learn about the most common allergies in cats, what the symptoms of these allergies are and how they’re treated.

VIEW SLIDESHOW

Allergies

Filed Under

Cats with allergies, particularly food allergies, often develop itchiness that is focused around the head and ears. If your cat is scratching in this area and no obvious cause can be identified, an allergic reaction may be to blame. Switching...

READ MORE

Bites and Scratches

Filed Under

Cats who go outside or live in a multi-cat household are also at higher than average risk for trauma to their ears. Bites and scratches are often directed towards this area and can result in lacerations, punctures and other types of wounds that...

READ MORE

Foreign Bodies

Filed Under

Cats, particularly those who go outdoors, sometimes get grass awns and other foreign bodies lodged in their ears. Cats with foreign bodies in their ears will usually shake their heads and paw at their ears. If you look in your cat’s...

READ MORE