How to Remove Stains From Dog Paws

By Louise Lawson

Dogs have been an integral part of human society for centuries. Originally used as hunting partners and war weapons, dogs have made a transition from working tool to family companion in many parts of the world. Many dogs end up with stained paws as they explore and play and these stains can be unsightly. Removing stains from dog paws is not difficult but will make your dog a much more presentable family companion.

Bathe your dog to remove any grime that might be coating his paws. Wet him with a generous amount of warm water and apply a couple handfuls of dog shampoo, scrubbing the shampoo deep into his coat. Pick up each foot and lather the shampoo into his paws, taking care to rinse with plenty of warm water to remove all traces of soap. Dry him thoroughly with clean towels to prevent him from getting chilled.

Soak a cotton ball in peroxide and gently dab the ball onto any stains you see. The peroxide is a natural bleaching agent and will permanently remove any stains. Make sure you only use the peroxide on white fur to prevent discoloration on darker patches of hair.

Pour a small amount of vinegar on any stains that you cannot use the peroxide on. Vinegar can draw out embedded dirt or grime that stains your dog’s coat without causing bleaching. Allow the vinegar to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water to wash away the stain.

Apply a few drops of whitening shampoo to any remaining stains to lighten and remove them. Whitening shampoo is a very potent shampoo that penetrates the hair and draws out stains, making white hair appear much brighter and dark hair cleaner. Wet the area and rub the shampoo in, allowing it to rest for five minutes before rinsing.

Trim away any stains that refuse to wash out with your scissors. Clip just a few hairs at a time, taking care not to cut the skin as you remove the stain. If the stained fur is very close to the skin, allow it to grow out for a few days before trimming to prevent injuries.