Cleaning Your Dogs Paws with Q-tips

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After a record drought here, we’ve been having some rain. Not heavy rain like we really need, mind you, but just enough to create mud in the yard. (And because of last summer’s drought, all of our grass except for the winter rye we’ve thrown out is gone. We’re down to bare dirt in places…and that, of course, means mud!)

And, as you well know, mud means muddy paws. Both our dogs have been taught “Paw” when we’re going to lift a paw to clean it and that really helps us keep the dogs’ paws a little bit cleaner. We clean each paw with an old towel we keep on the porch just for this purpose but it doesn’t help clean the area beneath the dogs’ nails.

Just like our own nails, your dog’s nails get dirt beneath them which can transport a lot of mud into the  house. We don’t usually notice that dirt at first…and then it dries and falls out somewhere inside the house!

Some people use a file to clean out that dirt but that can be dangerous if your dog jerks during the cleaning. Instead, we’ve been using the new Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs. Like the original Q-tips, these cotton swabs have 100 percent pure cotton at each end but here’s where they differ: these Q-tips have a precision, pointed tip at each end!

Made especially for precision work like eye liner touch-ups and makeup application, these cotton swabs are also really useful for manicures and pedicures…or, in our house, PAWdicures!

Using the Q-Tips Precision Tips, I cleaned beneath Irie’s nails…


It was quick and easy to get the mud out from beneath Irie’s large nails (which grow amazingly fast. Why can’t my nails grow so quickly?!) I loved that, when I was done, the Q-tips® could just be discarded. There’s no cleanup as with other nail grooming tools. Best of all, the new Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs are super inexpensive: just $2.49 for 170 swabs!

For more information on Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs, visit the Q-tips Facebook page.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Q-tips® product was  provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.

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Paris Permenter is an award-winning author of over 30 pet and travel books. Along with her husband, John Bigley, Paris is the founder and publisher of CatTipper and DogTipper.