Why Your Dog Paws Are Turning Brown
Your pup has nasty brown paws? Check out why!
Why Are My Dog’s Paws Turning Brown?
1. Dog’s Lifestyle
Dogs are always on the go – jumping, running, playing, walking, etc. They walk all over every kind of surface imaginable from hot pavement to paved driveways. All that pounding can wreak havoc on your dog’s paws.
Those paws get even more wear and tear. Summer’s heat is additionally harsh on your their paws, making them lick between the paws which can cause the paws to turn brown.
You may have noticed your dog paws turning brown and perhaps tried everything possible to get rid of them, but it still remains. Knowing the reason behind this new development might be more helpful than you think, understanding why the paws color is turning brown and what is responsible for it can help you get the right answer for the problem.
2. Dog’s Food & Habits
Certain foods or condition in your puppy’s system can cause a chemical reaction which is present in dog saliva. It can be continuous or once in a while as some kind of food may contribute to this situation.
What happens is that some foods can cause a reaction with your dog saliva that leads to these protein stains around the mouth and beard. Then, when the dogs lick themselves between the paws, some staining saliva can remain on the paws. This can build up and actually permeate the paws and cause it to turn brown, making the stain difficult if not impossible to remove.
Licking feet and legs can be as a result of various things in dogs, including allergies, illnesses or even stress behaviors. Allergies are the most common in dogs, with yeast infections coming second. Allergies can make the area turn red and itchy, making the dog want to lick and chew on them. After some time, the area may be stained with saliva, particularly in lighter or white-coat dogs.
This frequent licking of the paw can be a sign of infection. The subsequent tips can help protect your dog’s paws. Foot soaks are an extraordinary way to sterilize the paws. I recommend it not only for dogs with brown paws, itchy, inflame irritated paws but also for dog’s that are exposed to certain contaminants.
3. The Weathers
During winter in other countries, the main contaminant is salt, which can be very irritating to dogs’ paws. Washing your dog paws regularly is an awesome approach to keeping your dog’s feet cleaned and maintaining it paws color. Also in the summer, it’s essential to consider foot soaks since dogs are naked, they are not wearing socks and shoes, and the only part the sweat (besides the nose), is the bottom of their feet.
To treat this obsessive licking, I suggest povidone iodine or Betadine solution because it’s natural antifungal, antiviral, safe, non-stinging, non-toxic, non-abrasive natural product. It is an extremely compelling disinfectant for your dog’s paws. You can either have your furry friend simply walk through the tube a couple of times, or stand him in it for 30 seconds. Then pat the paws and dry with a towel.
Updated: September 21, 2017.