The importance of Paws and Basic First Aid!

This short blog piece has been inspired by my most favourite RVN in the whole wide world and that’s the incredible Rachel Bean RVN MCFBA , Rachel is absolutely incredible, she is so passionate about animals especially dogs and does allot of charity work for the likes of Street Paws, goes abroad to places like Cyprus, India, Thailand offering her services in shelters to help dogs in need, I really do put her on a pedestal!

Rachel Bean RVN MCFBA

Here is a snippet of her experience/qualifications, i copied this from her website:

  • Over 17 years experience in veterinary practice as a qualified veterinary nurse
  • A full member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (one of a select group of organisations empowered to undertake behaviour cases through pet insurance – be sure to check your pet insurance covers behaviour)
  • Master Dog Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers
  • Tutor for the Foundation Level Degree with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training
  • Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour issued by The British Veterinary Nurse Association
  • Former Kennel Manager with the National Canine Defence League (Dogs’ Trust)
  • Consultant Behaviourist with K9 Swim, the North West’s largest hydrotherapy pool

So without further ado, Paws why are they important?

Well the importance of them should be self explanatory, dogs use them to walk, i know a big revelation right? However what’s even more important is the maintenance of Paws, Pads and Nails specifically. How many of you know how to do this? It’s not as easy as you’d think, i once made the mistake of trimming my dogs nails (Apollo) who had solid black nails and when i trimmed just one of the nails, i discovered what i now know as the quick which is a blood vessel, well you can guess it, he yelped , i cried and there was blood everywhere! This was my first and last attempt of trimming a dogs nails.

Thankfully , i’d ironically bought a book on canine first aid previously and followed Rachel’s posts and my partner was well aware of how to act and sort this at home, not me i was running around like a lunatic, sobbing my eyes out through guilt trying to call a doggy ambulance my logic went straight out the window, but i assure you in these situations please stay calm or the dog will pick up on your distress too!

Thankfully after 10 mins of pressure with a pressure bandage, the bleeding had stopped! We kept this clean and didn’t let him run for a couple of days and kept him off hard and gravel type surfaces for a week or so while this healed. Without this prior knowledge base and sense of calm my partner had, no doubt i’d of had him down the Vets.

Pads are equally troublesome, they can rip and tear easily especially if there is any glass around, which is quite common especially street walking, once these are injured these can to bleed allot and cause panic!

Thankfully, Rachel has created a little course on how to give first aid to paws/nails which i found extremely helpful! I completed the course on 02/07/2020.

Waheyyy Go me!!

If you wish to enrol on this free course please click HERE

You can stay up to date with Rachel by checking out her facebook page HERE

Rachel also offers services such as 121 puppy training, First Aid Workshops, Expert Witness, Social Welfare and Behavioural Assessments. Check her website here: http://www.rachelbean.co.uk/


It’s not only physical injuries you have to be aware of but there’s also certain nutritional issues that can impact pays and nails, such as Yeast. Yeast its self isn’t caused by diet directly, Yeast is usually a secondary response after there has been an immune response due to an allergy, commonly to proteins. Yeasty paws generally become red in colour in respect of the skin/fur, they will usually bite/nibble and lick their paws when there is a yeast issue as this is incredibly itchy for them. You’ll also noticed a bread/wotsits type odour coming from them, you may notice waxy ears, head shaking, general scratching and discharge from the eyes/nose too all of which can be associated with the the yeast build up. If you notice your dog does have yeasty feet, stop them licking/chewing at them while you address the issue, otherwise excess licking can lead to a Staph Infection (staphylococcus bacteria) which will need a trip to the Vet usually.

In order to address the Yeast issue you would have to pin point the cause of the immune response, grain fed chicken or beef being fed for example could be linked to this but by all means are just examples are there are 100’s of reasons but if this was the case, you’d have to remove them from the diet. Once this is done, you can apply topical sprays to the feet to combat this, most commonly people use a spray which consists of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Bottled/ Boiled(But cooled) Water and Chamomile Tea in a ratio of (1:1:1) so 150ml would be 50ml ACV, 50ml Bottled/Boiled (But cooled) Water and 50ml Chamomile Tea, this is a Naturapathy method but it doesn’t always work it can most definitely not been used a miracle cure.

However many have used this with great success, but you can always go and see your local veterinarian who will help you address the matter and most definitely recommend a Vet visit to confirm that its a yeast issue your dealing with.

If you have a Yeasty dog, i do offer free 30 min consults which may help you understand whats going on and gives me some time to understand them as an individual then we can discuss booking a formal consult in on how we can combat this together and i can also liaise with your Vet too. You can do this by visiting the Facebook Page and booking in some time.

I hope you enjoy Rachels Free course!

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