What to Do If Your Dog’s Paws Are Swollen

Swollen paws is a relative common type of injury in dogs. It can be a result of a number of things including an insect bite, or a broken toe or can be simple an irritation after walking on gravel, or due to allergies to grasses and even due to broken nails.

Although the condition is not usually something to worry about, depending on the cause of the problem, swollen paws can be very distressed for your dog and even painful as paws are very sensitive. So, what to do if your dog’s paws are swollen?

Keep an Eye on It

Any sign of leg limping should be investigated. Keep watching the top and underside of the paws of your dog for swelling and pain is essential in order to find any kind of lameness.

Prompt Care

  • Check your dog’s paw for objects that may be caught between the pads/toes.
  • Check for insect bites or puncture wounds (though often hard to identify).
  • If possible, try to remove the trapped object with tweezers and wash the paw with warm, soapy water.
  • If there isn’t something apparently trapped in the paw, check the dog’s leg to ensure no constricting material is present (which can easily cause swelling).
  • A soak with Epsom salt is in most of the cases all you need to treat a swollen paw. To prepare the soak you will need to:
  1. Dissolve ½ cup of Epsom salt into 3 liters of warm water.
  2. Stir until all the salt has dissolved.
  3. While holding your dog steady, submerge its affect paw in the foot bath.
  4. If possible, a soak should last for 10 minutes. However, some dogs just won’t allow that. If your dog is one of those, a minimum of 5 minutes is fine.
  5. Repeat the procedure every two to four times a day and keep it for seven days.
  6. Results can be noticed within just a couple of days. However, to ensure your dog the full benefit of the treatment, keep it to the end.

If the swelling persists for to long or your dog continues to limp the paw, call your vet for further advice. Veterinary attention in these cases is usually essential.


When you get home — after walking or exercising your dog — check its paws for burs. Hot asphalt is often a problem in the summer.

Source: petsonthepark.com.au