As hair grows on the dog’s body that should be evident that it is also growing on the feet, paws and in between the pads on each foot. When the hair grows and is not trimmed on the paw, splaying occurs.
The hair in between the pads can get matted and push against those pads of your pet dog creating a solid mass. This mass, if not trimmed causes splaying or separation of the dog’s walking surface. Instead of the dog walking on the pads, the membrane in between those pads gets pressed with the clump of fur and becomes the walking surface.
When a dog walks with splayed feet, the entire spine and total body will suffer. Body alignment is off center with one or more feet being affected by the bunches of fur collected in between the foot pads. Use of one leg more than allowing adequate use of all four legs taxes one or more legs of your dog.
Walking your dog regularly will somewhat wear down the hairs on the feet. Carefully trim the hair in between each pad on your pets feet. During regular bathing activities, check the pads to make sure the hair is not becoming matted which can cause splaying.