Why Your Should Wash Your Dog’s Feet After a Walk
Many dog owners walk their dogs. And many dog owners walk their dogs in their neighborhood. It’s an easy way to exercise the dog and yourself. But your neighborhood might not be as safe as you think.
Why should you wash your dogs paws after a walk?
When you come home from walking your dog, you should rinse or wipe their paws off outside before bringing them into your house or apartment. Why you ask? As you walk around your neighborhood, your dog is walking in a lot of unknown substances. And during the summer months, you neighbors are likely to be doing weed control with products like Round Up. Your dog will walk right through the Round Up, likely getting it on their paws at minimum if not their coat. Once you have returned from your walk, and settled back down in your house, your dog is going to snuggle down in his bed and lick his paws. In order to prevent your dog from getting a daily dose of glyphosphate, it’s a good idea to give his paws a little rinse on the sidewalk before you bring him inside.
What else can he step in?
Along with glyphosphates, your dog can trot through any number of unfriendly substances. Many people power wash their side walks with industrial strength cleaners which are not good to be ingested by the dog. Oil and antifreeze spills from cars can also make their way on to your walking path. Some integrative medical practitioners believe this is why cancer is more prevalent in dogs these days. There are also an untold number of pathogens and viruses and bacteria your dog can pick out while out walking. These are not reasons to not walk your dog. Most of these substances can be removed from your dog’s paws with a simple rinse or wipe down with a washcloth.