Tux had a relatively cooped up weekend due to the rain, so we took full advantage of the sunshine today. We had several rounds of fetch (can't believe how quickly he took to that!) and RLH in the backyard. Then, this evening, we took a two-mile family walk after dinner. About a mile and a half into the walk, Tux started stopping and laying down in the grass. I just figured his little legs were worn out, so I carried him the rest of the way.
Well, later this evening, while he was napping next to me, I caught a glimpse of one of his paw pads and noticed it was really red. I looked closer at all four paws and noticed that all of them are "rug burned" (for lack of a better term) and there are even a couple of small spots that are rubbed raw!
I literally started crying when I saw them. I feel horrible.
My poor baby boy...
How do I need to treat his paws? Can I use Neosporin on him? Also, how in the world can I prevent this from happening again??? Today's activity honestly wasn't that far out of our norm, so I'm not sure why this happened tonight all of a sudden.
Any and all advice very much appreciated.