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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2015, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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My 4 month old puppy has been having problems with the pads of his paws getting cut while taking him for walks. we have a regular asphalt road and it is a little rough but it doesn't seem like it should be cutting his paws like it does. so my question is, has anyone had this problem before? when do the pads usually toughen up?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2015, 08:52 PM
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I would limit his walks on roads, can you walk him on or play with him on a grassy lawn? The hard road might not be good for his joints either.

I don't recall having that be an issue with my boy, but we did lots of running in the woods.

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All pads are soft until they toughen them up by running around outside. Until then, I would limit the time he spends walking on concrete and asphalt. My puppy's first summer (I brought him home Memorial Day weekend 2 years ago), his paws were soft and quite sensitive to heat, etc. Now, they're hard and rough. I think it took some months to toughen them up: he would chase the ball and briefly run across asphalt on our drive and even just the ground outside helped.

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