Treatment of wounds on pads in dogs

Treatment of wounds on pads in dogs

Imagine that you had to walk barefoot – without shoes or socks – from here to there … You would have to take good care of your feet! The same happens with animals in general and with dogs in particular. Therefore, in this article we will tell you how to treat wounds on your pet's pads.

Why are the wounds on the pads?

Many pet owners worry about the health status of their paws and wonder why the wounds on the pads arise. While it is best to prevent injuries, if you notice blood or any other sign of injury is essential to treat it.

But first of all, we should talk a little bit about the pads of the dogs, which would be like the sole of our shoes. This area comes in contact with different surfaces and is responsible for avoiding bone or joint problems, as it cushions the steps and allows you to walk more lightly.

Despite being so tough, he is also sensitive and can be hurt quite easily. The wounds on the pads are more frequent than we think, because the animal often does not take into account the danger and he does not know what will be hurt.

We could divide these injuries into three types:

1. Wounds in the pads due to erosion

It occurs in all animals due to the wear of the soles of the legs, especially if they walk on cement and other hard surfaces. In addition, both excess and lack of exercise can cause this erosion. Although they are not serious, they produce more injuries in any contact with the ground.

2. Wounds in the pads due to burns

When it is very hot and there is sun, it is recommended not to take the dog for a walk. Beyond the dehydration that can suffer (especially in brachycephalic breeds or obese animals), the pads can burn in contact with a hot asphalt.

The same happens when it is cold and snow, or in frozen places. Even in races adapted to these climatic conditions – such as the Alaskan Malamute or the Siberian Husky – great care must be taken with the contact of their legs with snowy surfaces.

3. Injuries in the pads due to trauma

In this case injuries caused by sharp or dangerous objects that can be stuck in the legs of the animal are included: splinters, branches, metals, crystals, etc. These injuries involve more serious injuries, with bleeding and pain. If they are not treated in time they can cause infections.

How to treat wounds on the pads

It is very important to avoid those situations that may cause pads injuries, but if these occur it is essential that they receive treatment. If it is a slight injury, we can use some homemade technique, but when a trauma happens or the animal can not step on the pain, yes or yes we must take it to be reviewed by a veterinarian.

When identifying a wound or observing that the pads are hardened or cracked, the steps to follow are:

1. Wash with clean water

Many times the area needs some cleaning to avoid major inconveniences. Have your dog put on his side and wash with warm water to remove impurities and promote healing. In addition, hygiene serves as a soothing in case of burns and even offers relaxation to the animal.

2. Cut hairs from the surroundings

It is true that hairs work as 'barriers' against objects that can be stuck in the pads, but when there are wounds, they can be responsible for infections. We recommend, once you have cleaned the area, that you cut the hairs that may bother and accumulate dirt.

3. Lava with hydrogen peroxide

Once the area is clean and clear, if you find any wound, even superficial, it is important that you disinfect with hydrogen peroxide. Moisten a gauze and pass with care: it will not burn or have any side effects on the animal.

4. Apply suitable medicines

You can ask the veterinarian if you have 'permission' to apply other medications, such as diluted iodine or chlorhexidine digluconate for animal use. Is available in spray and it is easily placed.

And in case the injury is caused by a burn, there are creams or gels that decongest the area. You may have to bandage the pads so that the medication does not come off.

Do not neglect the wounds on your dog's pads, as they can be very painful and not allow them to walk properly.

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