Clean Up Cuts
After a walk, always check your dog's paws for cuts, abrasions, and blisters, says Pamela Payne, a certified veterinary assistant and veterinary assisting program director at Carrington College in Phoenix. "Although they may start out as minor wounds, they can rapidly develop an infection if untreated," Payne says.
If the wound is severe or appears infected, you should consult your veterinarian, Payne advises. But if it is minor and can be addressed at home, start by washing the paw with warm water to ensure that all debris is removed, she suggests. "This will also help you see any small cracks or abrasions," Payne says. "Then clean the area with a diluted antiseptic.”
After cleaning, dry the paw and apply a small amount of antiseptic or antibacterial spray or lotion that is labeled for use in pets. You can cover the wound with a pad, Payne says, but keep in mind that these won't always stay on as your dog runs around or goes out again.