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    My 1 1/2 yo YLM has very tender paws. Spent most of the weekend on the gravel bar at the river and after the first couple hours he started walking real gingerly around and acted like they were sore. No major cracks or bare spots on them but does anyone have any recommendations for how to get them to toughen up? Or will just time and repetition make them tougher?

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    one 50 mg. zinc tablet every day will toughen his pads up-just add it to his food.
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    Are they sore or are they maybe burned? I don't know what kind of gravel you are talking about, but exposed rocks can get pretty hot down here in the summer. And driveways can too, as I was reminded on Saturday myself.
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    Just sore he had some issues with raw paws in his kennel at the trainer and was moved to an elevated wood floor kennel to help with it. Does fine on the grass once we got back to the cabin but just acted like they were sore after a while of playing on the gravel bar. I feel that over time they will get better with repetition when we go just didnt know if anyone had any other recommendations.

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    Zinc is a good bet.

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    Tuff Foot Gundogsupply.com It works great. If they're worn down use Corona ointment first for about a week to get them healed up then go to the Tuff Foot.

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    Is that Marley from Lone Oak?
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    Yes it is Marley from Lone Oak. Had him home for about a week now. How are you doing Rich?

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    It's just like you being able to walk down a gravel road after a long winter of wearing cushy socks and shoes. Exposure to other surfaces than grass is good for building up their feet but do it in short periods or end up with the sore pads like after your trip.
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    Yes Troy thats what I am planning on doing before I get tuf-foot or start him on Zinc. He comes to work with me everyday too so that should help with him being out on the blacktop for a little bit each day.

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