Ask the Vet: 我的狗爪子很乾燥，甚至乾裂了，這是正常的嗎？我應該給牠塗潤膚露嗎？| My dogs paws are very dry and cracked. Is this normal or should I be putting cream on them?
Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc
DR. PAULINE SAYS: I assume you mean the pads. These are very important parts of your dogs paws, protecting the skin and surrounding tissues and absorb the pressures associated with day to day activities. It is not normal for them to be dry and cracked as that opens the way to infections including parasites percolating inwards, soft tissue pain and distress. I suggest you start by gently massaging the pads daily with Vaseline, coconut or baby oil and look carefully at his diet to ensure it’s well balanced. Treat him for hookworms and add some biotin powder to the food. Try this for a month and if that doesn’t work best check in with your vet.