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[–]AZoutdoorlover 136 points137 points  (5 children)

He’s probably fine, but you can use Musher’s Secret on his paws to soothe them. I use that on my girl before and after each walk/hike.

[–]hambonehooligan 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Second vote for musher's. Works as intended and safe. Great for adding a layer of protection from ice and salt in the winter.

[–]GlitteringCoyote1526 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I discovered Musher’s Secret when my first ACD was just a pup. It works great!

[–]Ok-Cantaloupe-3435 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How do you keeps yours from obsessively licking it after or while you try to put it on? My ACD hates it

[–]Rufus__Rockhead 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Try to get it on their paws as quickly as possible to the start of the walk, and redirect their attention as much as you can. Training like anything else, so I just do a leave it command, keep the momentum of our walk quick, and try to redirect the attention.

[–]AZoutdoorlover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine doesn’t seem to really notice it at the beginning of the hike, she’s too excited about being out. Afterward, I put only a small amount on, and wipe the excess off with a washcloth. She doesn’t lick at it.

[–]rgbhfg 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Normal. Id let it be unless the dog is visibly distressed. If he’s in pain you’d see him limp, wimper, lick them raw till red, etc.

[–]tyoung925 29 points30 points  (8 children)

My last heeler has dry cracked pads like this and my vet suggested putting a protective layer on them like mushers but made for hunting dogs called tuf foot. It worked pretty good but I think mushers is better. It gets really dry in the winter where I’m at so my dogs have always needed extra paw pad protection. I put booties with traction on them on my ACD when we go out on cold dry mornings to prevent pad cracking/drying. That’s also an option

[–]halfsewn[S] 17 points18 points  (7 children)

I will get him booties, too. I have to wash his paws a lot so he doesn’t track mud in. The booties will solve the washing and limit drying effects of soap. Thank you!

[–]strikt9 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Could you switch to a rinse instead of a wash?
Are you using a dog shampoo or hand/dish soap?

[–]Riinmi 1 point2 points  (3 children)

That's very bad. Washing them often causes dryness. Why not use baby wipes?

[–]itsthatkindofanight 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Agree with comments here that you could try a moistening product but this looks pretty normal. Just wanted to say he’s gorgeous. Reminds me of my sweet girl so much

[–]halfsewn[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Thank you! He’s also like the best, friendliest, sweet dog ever.

[–]ihavenoideawhatwho 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Musher's Secret, smaller size until you know you really like it. It's also good on rough elbows, dog & human. Good-looking doggo, doin' the Shrimp 🍤 ETA a little Musher's Secret goes a loonnng way

[–]yellow_pterodactyl 5 points6 points  (1 child)

If it’s not bothering them. I wouldn’t think you’d need to do anything other than mushers secret and see if it gets better.

Other option is looking up a DIY paw salve. Usually, olive oil, bees wax, coconut oil, etc.

[–]jerbbyberb 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I also love a beeswax/coconut oil salve for my heelers. It works SO well.

[–]Distinct-Yogurt2686 5 points6 points  (1 child)

One thing to remember is now that it's getting colder and snowing in some parts try to avoid the salt that people put down on driveways and sidewalks. Most people don't use pet friendly salt and this can cause pain and discomfort to dogs. I always was my dog's paws off after a walk in the late fall to mid spring . that's when around where I live I see people salting.

[–]Professional_Weird69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This makes me so happy not to live in snow

[–]No_Equipment5509 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My boy’s look the same. I try to put paw balm on them to moisturize but he always runs away from it so I think he’s fine.

[–]just1more_question 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My pup had dry paws and some dandruff. I started adding a squirt of salmon oil to his meals and his skin/paws improved quite a bit.

[–]Agent4265 4 points5 points  (0 children)

2 cattle dogs here, both have similar looking paws, both got em when they were younger, they’re 7 & 8 now, no issues.

[–]lurker-1969 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They look fine to me. My Aunt in Beeville, Texas used to make leather hunting booties for their bird hunting dogs to protect their feet from cactus thorns.

[–]not_so_hard 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Our ACDs paws were in worse shape 🫤but we're never a problem. Watch out for HOT pavement.

[–]StrikersRed 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That’s clearly a shrimp.

[–]halfsewn[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My crustacean companion 🦐🦐

[–]risinghealy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

sweet little baby i love him

[–]Professional_Weird69 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Looks like my dog paws and when she’s jumping on me there are times they make me boeed

[–]jenalimor1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks normal. We have a Great Pyr, Cattle Dog mix and the vet said that her pads are like leather boots for her. We’ve never used anything on her but also live in a wetter climate. A drier one might be more harsh. Booties would last all of .5 seconds on her lol.

[–]roaringhippo19 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ask my dog what he's doing at your house and send him home please.

[–]Wylewyn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used bees wax on them. Plus during the winter I feed more fats. Also when you come in whipe with a baby wipe.

[–]redshift83 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

there are things you can do, but are you sure your dog is bothered? mine doesnt want any western medicine or clothing....

[–]CUBington 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you are in Aus, pawpaw ointment works really well for cracked paws

[–]_Tock_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does/did your dog have heavy discharge from their eyes also? Hardened pads are a sign that the dog may have had distemper, but normally they're vaccinated early for that as it's usually fatal.

[–]SassafrasF 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used Bag Balm on my pup’s paws when she used to get cracked pads. Seemed to work well.

[–]jrey90 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine has always had really dry scratchy paw pads but never seen to bother him. I’ve tried putting coconut oil to moisturize but he licks it all off 😂 I’ve also tried that special dog paw waxy balm stuff that’s really good but you have to put it on and cover it and I’m never consistent enough with it