Footpad Injury Average Cost

From 314 quotes ranging from $300 - 1,000

Average Cost

$500

First Walk is on Us!

✓ GPS tracked walks
✓ Activity reports
✓ On-demand walkers
Book FREE Walk

Jump to Section

What is Footpad Injury?

An injury to the footpad may result in damage to the outer protective layer if it is punctured, cut or burnt. The most obvious symptoms are bleeding and lameness, and the cat may lick excessively at the affected paw. This denotes trauma to the footpad such that the pad is painful or doesn't respond normally when the cat places weight on it.

Cats are silent stealthy hunters, thanks in part to cushioned footpads which allow them to pad silently after prey. The footpad itself is made up of an inner cushion of fat that is richly served with blood vessels, covered with and protected by a tough outer layer of keratin.

Symptoms of Footpad Injury in Cats

Footpad injuries are often easy to detect because the cat is liable to limp or pay exaggerated attention to the damaged pad. Signs that indicate the cat may have a problem with a pad include: 

  • Holding a paw up
  • Limping on a particular leg
  • Licking excessively
  • Bleeding from the paw or leaving a trail of bloody paw prints
  • An unpleasant smell originating from the pad. This may occur if a bite becomes infected and abscessates
  • Fever (may occur if a bite to the pad becomes infected)
  • Grumpiness as a result of pain when the paw is touched.

Causes of Footpad Injury in Cats

Footpad injuries are common and often the result of: 

  • Overgrown claws
  • Older cats that do not shed their claws effectively often develop ingrown claws which grow around and pierce the pad
  • Lacerations
  • Footpads can be cut on glass, metal, or stones.
  • Bite wounds
  • Cat fights can result in the paw used for 'boxing' being bitten by the antagonist.
  • Burns
  • Burns can affect a cat who jumps up onto a hot burner or other surface.

Diagnosis of Footpad Injury in Cats

Oftentimes a footpad injury is diagnosed by simple observation of the affected area. The vigilant owner who sees their cat licking excessively at a foot should take this as a cue to inspect the paw for problems. 

Puncture wounds, by their nature, can be small but deep which can make identification difficult. However, a punctured pad is painful and suspicions should be raised if a usually docile cat resents the exam. With this in mind, an owner should always be cautious when examining a cat in pain, and take steps to gently restrain the cat in a towel or have a friend hold the pet. 

Impacted nails are evident as the claw hooking around and digging into the pad. This is often associated with bleeding and infection. 

Footpad burns are very painful and the cat will be extremely lame. The outer part of the pad often blisters and will eventually peel away, leaving the damaged fat pad exposed and open to infection.

If a pad is lacerated, it may be necessary to explore the cut to see if a glass shard or sharp object is still embedded deep within the pad. This is done by a vet, and may require sedation.

Treatment of Footpad Injury in Cats

Treatment varies depending on the nature of the injury.

Overgrown Claws

The claws must be clipped and the impacted part of the nail gently extracted from the pad. This is painful and sedation may be necessary. The damaged pads are bathed with a weak solution of disinfectant such as chlorhexidine. If the wounds bleed, a light dressing may be required for 24 hours. A course of antibiotics is advisable in the majority of cases

Lacerations

Lacerations should first be cleaned with a weak solution of chlorhexidine or salt water. Fresh lacerations should be sutured to encourage the pad to seal over in around 10 - 14 days. The cat then has the paw dressed and needs to wear a buster collar or e-collar to prevent interference with the healing wound.

However, old lacerations rarely heal when treated surgically and may need to be left to scar over. This can take several weeks.

Puncture Wounds

Fight wounds are prone to infection, resulting in painful abscessation of the footpad. It may help to poultice the area in order to release any purulent discharge. A course of antibiotics is needed, by mouth or injection.  

Burns

Immediate first aid treatment is to hold the pad under cool running water for 10 - 20 minutes. The subsequent burn may need antibiotics to prevent secondary infections, and the cat require pain relieving medications. The pads often slough, leaving the tender inner fat pad exposed. The paws may need dressing regularly to promote healing. 

Recovery of Footpad Injury in Cats

Happily, most cats with a footpad injury go on to make a full recovery from what is undoubtedly a painful and unpleasant condition. Depending on the nature of the injury it can take between 10 days to three or four weeks for the pet to recover, during which time it may have mobility issues. 

Another factor to consider is litter tray use, since it is undesirable for cat litter to contaminate an open wound or burn. To this effect, dressing may be required to protect the feet, or shredded paper substituted for the typical litter. 

Simple preventative methods such as biweekly toenail clipping or the use of a burner cover can eliminate the risk of recurrence in these cases. 

Footpad Injury Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Marie
Cat
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

A fluorescent light bulb broke in my room and I think a piece got stuck in my cats paw. She is limping. She won’t allow me any where near her paw. Will the glass work it’s way out or should I take her to the vet?!

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. The glass may not work its way out, it may become an embedded foreign body in her foot. It would be best to take her to see your veterinarian, and they can examine her foot and determine if there is glass in there or if she needs other treatment. I hope that she is okay.

Add a comment to Marie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Hazel
long hair
10 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Medication Used

antibiotic

My cat ran away two and a half weeks ago and when we found him he was severely injured all over his body. He had a foul smell coming out of him, and we took him to the vet immediately. He only gave us antibiotics for his face because his skin was ripped off and an antibiotic injection. I noticed later that the paw was the place where the smell was coming from and I sent him back to the vet. He said it was just his footpad skin that was torn off that had this smell and told us to continue to put on the topical antibiotic. It has been since the day we found him until now that his feet are still smelling bad and won’t heal over. Is it true that the smell isn’t an infection and only because the skin is removed? How does an abscess paw look like?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
An abscessed/infected paw doesn’t look a specific way since there are many variables; but necrotic skin, infections etc… may cause a bad smell. Without examining the paw and checking tissue viability I cannot say whether or not it is infected or not; however I would recommend you pop into another Veterinarian for an examination to get their taken on the smell and the appearance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Hazel's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Finagain
Bombay
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
Pain When Lifted

my cat had gotten in a fight and he was li.ping then a week later hr had a ball full of puss we cleaned that up its gone now but now that the ball is gone his paw turned blue

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
I see you asked two questions with a little bit of different information in both so I’ll answer them as one question. If you are seeing that the paw is turning blue, this is an indication that there is a lack of oxygenated blood circulating in the paw; this should be treated as an emergency and you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Finagain's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Finagain
Bombay
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My cat had gotten in a fight a month ago and his paw got swollen so we cleaned it up and wrapped it up. the cuts are gone but his paw is turning blue and a nail fell out what does that nean?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
I see you asked two questions with a little bit of different information in both so I’ll answer them as one question. If you are seeing that the paw is turning blue, this is an indication that there is a lack of oxygenated blood circulating in the paw; this should be treated as an emergency and you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Finagain's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dudey
Not sure
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Licking

my cat is turning 10 this year, and is very healthy. however, he started to limp on his paw and lick it more than usual around three weeks or a month ago. im really worried about him because there seems to be a pink lump inbetween his toes and pawpad. he doesn't seem bothered by it and doesn't cry at all when walking, he can walk fine, but i am still worried about him

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Dudey, I can't comment on what might be going on with his foot - it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veteirnarian, as they can examine him, determine what is going on, and what treatment might be appropriate for him. I hope that everything goes well with him.

Add a comment to Dudey's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Nutkin
American Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pads peeling

My cat started limping today and when she sits she lifts her front right paw off the ground. It doesn't seem to hurt her to walk on soft surfaces like the couch or pillows. I gently inspected her leg/paw by pressing on different parts, checked her claws and between her toes, it didn't seem like anything hurt her when I touched it. I did notice her pads are peeling quite a bit, I wonder if it has peeled deep and is now hurting her. Do you think that could be the cause of the limp?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Nutkin injured her pads, that can be painful and may be causing the limp. WIthout examining her, I'm not sure if that is the cause, but if her lameness persists, it would be a good idea to have her examined by her veterinarian, as they can see her, determine if any treatment is needed, and help her heal. I hope that she is okay.

Add a comment to Nutkin's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Hooters
Shorthaired
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ingrown nails

My cat is an inbreed retarded cat she's missing a foot and her head is bigger then her little body I took her in as a kitten cause her mommy threw her away her 2 nails on front pad r deformed and the keep growing in her pad and this time they r really in what can I do

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Depending how far the nails have grown into the pads, Hooters might need sedation to cut them out, or antibiotics for any infection. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, and they can look at her nails and decide the best course of treatment for her. I hope that everything goes well for her.

She can't b sedated it will kill her she's allergic to it and her immune system isn't strong enough we we're exposed to mycotoxins

Add a comment to Hooters's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Tac
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Scarfing down food
Scabs

My cat went outside and when he came back he looked as if he had been in a fight. The main issue tho, is that he is limping really bad. We looked at his paw and it had a little cut so we put antibiotic ointment on it and wrapped a bandage so it could heal. It has been about 2 weeks now and he is still limping around. It is not swollen or bloody. It also looks as if his side claws were ripped out on the two front paws.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If he has been limping for 2 weeks, had some unknown trauma, and is still painful, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian. They will be able to assess him for possible injuries, prescribe any medications that he may need, and make him feel better.

Add a comment to Tac's experience

Was this experience helpful?

NEMERA
Egyptian Mau
5 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

While tossing a cat toy for our cat she some how injured her carpal pad and now it is bleeding. I looked it over and it does not look to be deep, mostly superfiscial, but bleeding nonetheless. She is not limping and does not flinch or pull away when you touch it. I have wrapped some gauze around it for the time being to contain the blood; but, how should I properly treat this to stop the bleeding and keep it from becoming infected?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If it continues to bleed, she should be seen by a veterinarian to stop the bleeding and to get antibiotics if needed - we often use antibiotics in foot injuries, as their feet are in dirty places and prone to getting infected. I hope that she recovers well.

Add a comment to NEMERA's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Pooter
Calico
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Licking paws

My cat's paws seem perfectly fine and healthy. No swelling, redness, cuts, etc. But she has started licking them more and more in the past week. We recently moved into a new apartment about 2 months ago with all new carpeting. Could this be a factor?
We are also not sure if she has ear mites or just excessive wax build up.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
It is possible that the carpet in the new apartment is causing irritation leading to Pooter licking his paws, it may also be due to dietary changes as well; without moving him from the carpet and bathing the paws we cannot check if this is the cause or something else. If you suspect that Pooter has ear mites, you should clean the ears and treat accordingly; if you use an effective topical spot on product which overs mites you should be fine, mites look like coffee grounds in the ears. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Pooter's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Smokey
Myst
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
No hair on paw
Very tired,

I have a stray cat that someone abandoned in my neighborhood well I let him in the other day and he was limping I try to look at his pad and he wouldn't let me. Well a few days later his paw is swollen and won't walk on it at all now it's two days later the swelling is gone but he no longer has fur on top of his paw and is very tired and not hungry. Is there anything that I can do for him from my home he won't let me move him.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining him, I can't say what might be causing that wound. I am concerned that it might be an abcess, or a tumour, and that he may be becoming septic from the wound. He should see a veterinarian, as I cannot diagnose or prescribe anything without seeing him. It is nice of you to take him in - I hope that he is okay.

Add a comment to Smokey's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Charlie
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

light bleeding

My cat is declawed and has been for many years, but in the front of his paw, sort of close to where his claws would be, he keeps getting this wound. I've cleaned it with wound spray and it seems to heal, but then it comes back in a couple of months lightly bleeding. And then that cycle repeats. It doesn't seem to bother him much, but it is worrying. I don't know if maybe I'm not taking care of it properly, or if it is bothering him and he bites at it and makes it bleed. It doesn't bleed much, only a little bit where the wound is.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Given what you're describing, it is possible that there is a fragment of nailbed left there that is bothering him. It would be a good idea to have him examined, have an x-ray of his foot, and see if there is any residua nail bed tissue that needs to be removed. Your vet will be able to tell if that is the problem, or if there is a deep seated infection that needs to be taken care of. I hope that he does well.

Add a comment to Charlie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Salem
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

My cat jumped on the stove and burned its paw. The pad is open, there is a foul odor, and there is heat to it. It seems to be getting worse day by day. Is there anything that I can do for it until I can get her to a vet next week?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
These injuries are always severe and are prone to infection, you should bathe the paws regularly with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment; but this isn’t something which you should wait for an appointment for, you should visit a Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately especially if there is a foul odour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Salem's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Stumpie
moggie
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
No temperature
no swelling
Paws are cool to the touch

My cat has a paw pad injury on his front two paws and they don’t look like they are from fighting but more of being cut open. The pads are slightly discoulouered and he’s limping now. They’re bleeding and he doesn’t have a temperature and the paw pads are cool to the touch, he doesn’t mind having them looked at and gently touched. They also don’t look like they are infected so what should I do?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Discolouration and low temperature is concerning, it may be that the tissue around the wounds is dead and is cold due to no blood flow; given the circumstances I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian to check the paws to see if there is viable tissue or to see if the wounds need to be debrided. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Stumpie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Pumpkin
We don't know
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ingrown claw

Cat has an ingrown claw it has grown into the foot pad, how much would it cost to have it treated at a vet (on average) also if you trim the claw yourself would peroxide and neosporin work to prevent infection? (Been researching saw a vet only use peroxide after pulling out the nail. (Not sure how old or what breed this cat is we took it off the hands of a friend)

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, without seeing the nail, and the cat, I am not sure how extensive the ingrown claw might be - it may be a simple clipping and cleaning, but it may require sedation and antibiotics, depending on the nail, and the cat. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, they can give you a better idea as to what will be required to fix this painful problem. I hope that everything goes well for Pumpkin!

Add a comment to Pumpkin's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bastian
Unknown
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lack of mobility
SORENESS
Bleeding

My kitten (8 mos) was walking around me when I was in the bathtub, and I didn’t have the cover on my razor. He cut his paw, and it seemed to be bleeding a decent amount. We wrapped it, so that it didn’t get infected. Do you have any suggestions? And an estimate heal time?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing the injury, I can't comment on healing time or the severity of the wound. Paw pads do tend to bleed quite a bit when they are injured, as they have a very good blood supply. I'm not sure how long ago this happened, but if it continues to bleed after about 20 minutes of being wrapped, he should be seen at your veterinarian tonight. If it has been some time since the injury, you should keep an eye on it for signs of infection, as his foot is in his litter and on the floor, and has the chance of getting infected. If it looks like it is getting red, swollen, or has any discharge, he should be seen by your veterinarian to assess the wound and prescribe antibiotics if necessary. I hope that everything goes well with him.

Add a comment to Bastian's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Sir Eros Von Shweddy Balls
Russian blue & raccoon
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cut webbing between toes

My FIV cat Sir ran out the door while I was bringing in groceries. He ran into the super tiny crawl space under the house and it took me 4 days to coax him out. It looks like the webbing between his claws got cut somehow. Fresh and pink, no smell (though I am sick) and nothing oozing out. No fever that I can tell. I’ve cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide. He’ll put some weight on it and has been stretching fine and splaying those toes out too. He’s pretty okay with me looking at it. I’ve made him a bed of towels and a box of newspaper clippings (which he’s never used before) in the bathroom,to keep the wound from litter,and he has peed on the towel and is sleeping in the newspapers. So off to get a baby sock and that self adhesive tape so I can let him use the litter box again. Will this effect his FIV at all or will his healing time be effected by the FIV? Due to unforeseen situations my paychecks are spoken for, for the next 3 weeks possibly 4 if groceries are to be had. I cannot get him to the vet until then. Also when cleaning a few times daily how do I not mess up newly healed skin/scabs? All advice is much appreciated!!

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) may have a slow rate of wound healing and are also more prone to infections in open wounds; do not use hydrogen peroxide as it slows down wound healing more since it may damage the capillaries supplying blood to the skin, instead you should use dilute chlorhexidine or betadine. Regular bathing and applying an antibiotic ointment would be best in these situations to heal prevent secondary infection; do not put tape tight around the leg since it may restrict venous return leading to the paw swelling and bleeding. If finances are tight, speak with a charity clinic or nonprofit in your area which may be able to assist with some or all of the cost of care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Sir Eros Von Shweddy Balls's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Scoop
Calico
6 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Kitty was limping. Picked her up to inspect what was wrong with her leg/foot. I one of her little toe pads was torn/scratched. No blood. The little pad felt scratchy rather than smooth like normal. She did not like using her back leg to step on, but was a little bit. I cleaned it with a warm wet rag and put neosporin on it (all I had), then put a baby sock on her foot and wrapped it with co-band so it would stay on. Like I said, no blood but kitty is obviously on pain since she is limping. Not sure if this is treatable at home, or what I should do?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
If the wound is small and not bleeding, you should just keep it clean especially after a litter tray visit; if you put something around the leg be careful not to place anything too tight which may cause the paw to swell due to lack of venous return as the increased pressure may cause it is bleed. If you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Scoop's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Kitty
Turkish Van
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

In description

My cats been biting at her foot and ripped one of the pads off and its bleeding a little shes also starting to be aggressive now. Any ideas of what the problem would be? Shes an indoor cat and the only pet we have.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
It sounds like something has been causing some irritation for Kitty which has lead to her chewing off her paw pad; foreign objects, chemicals, other irritants, small masses, infections, ulcers and other issues may lead to this type of behaviour, the aggression may be a response to pain. You should prevent any further licking by using a cone, clean the affect paw with a dilute antiseptic and visit your Veterinarian for a course of antibiotics as well to dress the paw if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Kitty's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Elwood
Devon Rex
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat jumped on to our wood burner and lept off pretty quickly. We padded his paws with a cold towel and the day after he seemed ok. However today is a day later and today one of his black footpads has a white mark on it and he’s holding his paw up. Is there anything I should do or will it heal itself?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
You should keep an eye on all of Elwood’s paws especially for signs of dead skin, I’ve not come across a heat injury this severe only tarmac in 105ºF weather; bathe the paw regularly with a dilute antiseptic but you may need to visit your Veterinarian to determine whether the affected area needs to be removed or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Elwood's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jack
I dont know the exact breed
About 2years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

What can I do at home to treat my cats paw he keeps limping on it and it smells he's a black cat so his paws are colored black as well it's hard to see anything but he keeps licking it and it looks like it could be infected..what can I do I don't have money for the vet?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Without knowing the specific cause, it is difficult to make a recommendation, however you should clean the paw twice per day with a medicated shampoo for fungal infections; without examining Jack, I cannot prescribe anything for him apart from place a cone on him to prevent further licking and bathe the paw regularly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Jack's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Cleo
domestic short hair
15 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

grumpiness
partial limping
Licking

my cat somehow got one of her claws stuck into one of her paw pads. she keeps licking it. We are cleaning it out with saline solution ever hour and a half but she is starting to get very grumpy with us when we are cleaning it, I am very concerned. She is walking fine it's when she sits down the paw is always raised off the ground. After soaking it a few times I can see that is it slowly coming out but i'm wondering about the healing time from when the claw works it's way out.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
It really depends if it will work itself out or if it needs to be coaxed out; I would keep the area clean and continue with want you are doing but the claw may need to be cut and removed to speed things along especially if Cleo is in pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat went missing for a day and whenever he walks he lifts his paw up. We checked it and it was swollen and his one of his toes side has turned pink(his paw is black). The area between his pad and toes are slightly bloody. White liquid Cole's out of the paw too.

Add a comment to Cleo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

tinkerbell
short haired
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

blisters on paw

how do I treat my male cat he has blisters on 3 of his small pads on his paw and I cant afford vet treatment any help would be great and greatly appreciated thanks in advance

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
There are many different causes for paw pad blisters which may include autoimmune disease, irritation (possibly by standing in something), infections and other issues; you can try cleaning the paw regularly with a dilute antiseptic and ensuring that the area remains clean and free of debris. But without an examination I cannot suggest anything else (I cannot prescribe prescription medication here). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to tinkerbell's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Raffles
Semi long hair domestic
4 Days
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

Cut/rip to bottom of front paw pad approx 10 days ago. Cleaned with salt water/pet antiseptic and kept in for a few days. Healing very slowly. No more limping and doesn't seem to be in too much pain. Concerned about healing time.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Injuries which are very open can take a long time to heal since they need to heal from the bottom of the wound up whilst wounds which have opposing sides in contact will heal within a few days as they can ‘glue’ themselves together. If you are seeing progress keep an eye on it and clean regularly; if the wound is large that you would visit a Doctor if it happen to your child, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Raffles's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Buzz Lightyear
tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

Medication Used

none

Hi, my cat has an open sore on his right back paw, it looks as if he had licked it to the point of the skin and fur coming off between the toes and pad, mostly between the toes. It looks sore, I’m going to buy a cone to stop the licking but what could it be and how do I treat? I cannot afford a vet visit right now. Thank you. P.s. the sore is red and bright pink, fleshy looking, no smell and limping yet. And he’s an indoor cat plus he had two small open sores on his back ear but have healed, looks like the same sore as in his foot.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Getting a cone is a great first step, also regular cleaning of the wound and the paw in general with dilute chlorhexidine will help too especially after a visit to the litter box. If the wound is wide open I would recommend a visit to your Veterinarian regardless of cost but if the wound is relatively closed and not deep, good nursing care and a cone will help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Buzz Lightyear's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Socks
Unknown
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drowsiness

My Cat has cut open one of his pads on his back paw, it lookes really sore and is completely split open,its still bleeding from lastnight and smells a little. I'm so worried incase it gets infected I've been told if I don't get him to manchester animal hospital today he'll probably gave be put down surely this cant be true

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
If there is a small cut on the paw, regular cleaning may be sufficient but if the wound is open, deep and the margins are not together I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediate to see if stitches are required. Euthanasia is a bit extreme, but if the wound is open it should be seen as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

there was no wound it was a ball full of puss. thats goine now but his paw has turned blue

Add a comment to Socks's experience

Was this experience helpful?