Every dog loves to take a walk – it’s one of the best bonding sessions you can do with your canine companion. But walking outdoors also exposes their feet to various elements that can lead to dog pad injury.
My pit bull mix got a nasty slash in his front paw last summer and it took forever to heal. I tried keeping it clean and bound with gauze, but eventually had to take him to the veterinarian where they actually stapled (ouch!) the wound closed.
It took weeks of trying to keep the wound covered so he wouldn’t like it. Nothing worked. I tried an Elizabethan Collar, but he had that off faster than Houdini in a dollar store handcuff. It did heal, eventually, but the event has me watching his paw’s a lot more closely now.
Dog pad injury come in different forms. Here is a list of the common types of dog pad injury:
This happens when a part of the pad is worn out or scraped.
This is a tear or cut in the skin. Note that lacerations can be deeper than they appear and may gather foreign objects that can infect the wound. Clean the wound immediately to avoid infection.
Burns are usually caused by heat like taking your dog for a walk on a very hot day and the pavement is too hot. It can also be caused by chemical reactions.
Damage in the nails or nail beds can be very painful and may cause serious problems. Ingrown nails, if infected, will require regular cleaning so that the infection will not affect your dog’s systems.
An allergic reaction can cause swelling in the paws and itchiness.
Bacterial and fungal infections can cause redness, itching, and swelling
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General symptoms such as the following do not necessarily require immediate veterinary care. But if you are unsure, call the vet for advice.
If you notice any of the following, you should bring your dog to the veterinarian.
Treatment for dog pad injury varies since it will depend on the type of injury that your dog has and the extent of the damage. But here are a few first aid tips that you can do before you visit the vet:
dog cut her paw on the ice outside. luckily i’m married to a literal expert on dog injuries pic.twitter.com/Bd3SSPkiZI
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Do not take dog pad injury lightly. The paws are considered as a part that is difficult to heal since your dog uses them all the time. Some injuries may need intensive care and proper cleaning. Your vet will also be able to give you proper and specific instructions on how to treat the injuries as the wounds heal.
4. Preventing chewing and licking for faster healing
The hardest part is keeping the wound dry and clean while it heals. As the wound heals, it can get itchy and your dog will probably want to chew on their paw or lick it for comfort. This will slow down the healing. So once you have the right medication and treatment, make sure that you keep a sharp eye on your dog at all times. However, it is impossible to watch them the whole day so here are some tips to keep your dog from chewing and licking their wound:
5. Prevention of dog pad injury
The paws of your dog are very important and as a responsible dog owner, it is necessary that you pay special attention to them and be aware of dog paw pad injury. By knowing what dangers to look out for and how to initially treat dog pad injury, you immediately become a step closer to being the best dog owner there is. Here’s to more safe, fun walks with your canine friends!
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