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Injuries to paws are very common, especially with dogs. Sometimes they can be brushed off gently with your hand or stones stuck between the pads can be pulled out easily. However, some small thorns may need to be removed using tweezers as close to the skin as possible.

As animals are active, they will want to walk on the affected leg. You may find that they simply hold the leg up and walk on three legs. Restraining and stressing the dog can cause more problems.

Snow and ice can also cause a dog pain. There can be freezing between the pad. If this happens, a dog will limp or hold the paw off the ground. You will need to carefully remove any snow and slowly warm and dry the paw in warm (not hot) water.  Similarly, in very hot climates the surface of pavements and roads can become extremely hot. In these cases, it is best to walk your dog early in the morning or later on in the evening if walking on the streets cannot be avoided.