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About Pea Stone:
Pampered Paws Inn Doggy Daycare uses pea stone in its outdoor play areas. Pea stones are small, round stones without sharp or rough edges. Pea stone is an excellent surface for dog play areas because it is a forgiving surface that is easier on dog’s joints than concrete. Pea stone also allows urine to sink through to the ground below while fecal matter sits on top of it, where it is easily seen and promptly picked up. This allows us to keep the outdoor areas free of waste so dogs are not running and stepping in it while playing. Pea stones are also used in children’s play areas.
The majority of dogs have no issues running and playing on pea gravel. Some dogs (especially dogs who have not built up tough paw pads due to their youth or lack of exposure to surfaces other than those in their homes and grass outdoors) may experience irritation. While walking and running, pea gravel can rub in between paw pads, causing redness and irritation. Some dogs may lick their paws to relieve the irritation or may favour an exceptionally sore paw by limping.
What should you do if your dog gets sore paws from the pea stone?
The best thing to do is to clean their paws between the pads with a wet cloth, and apply a triple antibiotic ointment with pain relief (such as Polysporin). You can also soak their paws in Epsom salts and dry completely. This will help to relieve the pain as well as speed the healing. Discourage your dog from licking as this will exacerbate the soreness.
How can irritation be prevented in the future?
To prevent or reduce future irritation from the pea stone, a paw wax or balm can be used. Paw wax is a substance that is applied to the paw pads and in between the paw pads. It provides a protective barrier which reduces irritation cause by rough surfaces such as pea stone. The paw wax often times contains healing properties as well. Pampered Paws Inn Doggy Daycare recommends a paw wax used for dogs whose feet are exposed to snow and ice or rough ground.
Please let us know when you drop your dog off if you think you dog may have tender paws.
As a "Cage Free" Doggy Daycare/Sleepover facility we would like to let you know about some things your dog may go home with and some solutions we have found work well:
1. Sore paws from the pea gravel (usually if they have tender tootsies)
Try: Soaking their paws in Epsom Salts
2. May have eye discharge
Try: Polysporin "Pink Eye" drops
Try: White Rice and Boiled Chicken
4. Vomiting/going off food/Lethargic
Try: Feeding them small portions of White Rice and Boiled Chicken or Hamburger, wait an hour if they keep that down then try some more until they are feeling better
5. Dog Bites
Try: Treating with saline solution
If they worsen or you are in doubt,
take your dog to your Vet
We do everything in our power to avoid any of these things from happening, as in a child's daycare, however there may be things beyond our control. We love your babies just like they were our own and take excellent care.
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Notice to our Clients:
Our Winter hours are as follows:
Monday - Sunday
6:30am to 6:30pm
Noon to 1pm
2pm to 3pm
We ask you not to drop off or pick up during those times
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2nd Annual 2009 (see below)
Fundraiser for S.P.C.A.
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