Dogs don't typically wear shoes like us people do.
So when they're walking around they're actually absorbing a ton of chemicals through their paws whether it's the chemicals someone sprayed on their lawn, sidewalk salt during the winter, or the chemicals in the cleaning products you use in your home.
While you can't control what other people do about using chemicals, you can at least control the types of cleaning products you use in your home.
You also don't want your dog to wear shoes every time they go outside because then they will be conditioned to not touch foot outdoors without their shoes on which causes problems.
As for the chemicals your dog absorbs from outside your home you can use paw cleaning wipes to help clean your dog's paws.
This DIY dog paw wipes recipe can be used to make wipes or just leave it as a spray and spray onto a clean washcloth.
Sure you could just buy paw wipes online but a lot of them actually contain chemicals themselves. This recipe is super simple and has very limited ingredients.
DIY Dog Paw Wipes
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 tbs hydrogen peroxide
- 1 drop of dawn dish soap
- spray bottle
Pour the warm water, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap into the spray bottle and gently shake.
Next time you get back from your walk, spray this mixture onto a washcloth to get it pretty wet then wipe your dog's paws.
If you want to make this into wipes instead of using a spray bottle you can dump the ingredients into a container that you already placed a large amount of paper towels in. You want more paper towels than you would think because you want them to be more damp rather than soaking wet.
If you found this helpful, please share it with your dog loving friends to help them give their dog the best life possible.