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What are Paw Pad Issues and Injuries?

The pads of the feet of dogs have specialized skin, very different from our own, or from the skin on other parts of the canine anatomy. Cuts, scrapes, and broken nails may require specialized treatment and veterinary care. Although injury to the paw pad and surrounding area can happen to any dog, some steps can be taken to help reduce the risks, including using the proper gear for your environment, keeping your dog’s paw pads moisturized, and keeping his nails properly trimmed.

The pads of canine feet have specialized skin that does not heal in the same way as normal skin and requires veterinary evaluation and treatment for moderate to severe injuries and conditions.

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Symptoms of Paw Pad Issues and Injuries in Dogs

General symptoms of paw pad injury may or may not require veterinary care. If you are unsure, it is best to call your veterinarian for advice. 

  • Inflamed, raw, or blistered paws
  • Limping
  • Loose flaps of skin on paw pads
  • Refusal to walk
  • Sudden obsessive Iicking or chewing at paws
  • Uncharacteristic pulling

If your pet exhibits these symptoms, a visit to the veterinarian is likely to be required

  • Bleeding (that cannot be controlled within five minutes)
  • Blistering
  • Cracked nails
  • Damage to webbing between toes 
  • Damaged nail bed
  • Foreign objects in the pad
  • Lacerations or punctures
  • Limping that lasts longer than a day
  • Pus discharge
  • Refusal to bear weight on the paw or paws

Chewing and licking of the feet also need to be addressed if it is causing injury to the paw or if it continues for longer than a day or two. This behavior may be indicative of other serious health problems including food allergies, arthritis, or even hormone imbalances.

Types

  • Laceration - A cut or tear in the skin is called a laceration; lacerations and punctures of the paw pad may be deeper than they appear or may harbor foreign objects
  • Abrasion - An abrasion is an area of the skin where it is scraped or worn away; paw pads often suffer abrasions from running and playing on rough surfaces
  • Burns - Burns to the paw pads can be caused by heat or by chemical reactions
  • Frostbite - The toes are particularly at risk from damage due to frostbite
  • Allergic reaction - Allergic reactions can cause the skin on the feet to be swollen and itchy, and some dogs will chew and lick their feet to excess
  • Infection or infestation - Infection or infestation can cause damage to the feet and may require medication to cure

Causes of Paw Pad Issues and Injuries in Dogs

Infections

  • Fungal and bacterial infections can cause itching, swelling and redness that can cause your dog to chew and lick their feet
  • Excessive chewing and licking can lead to wounds, lick granulomas, and cracking of the feet. Infestation by mites, fleas, or ticks can cause similar reactions

Winter dangers

  • There are some serious risks to your dog's paws that are unique to colder weather
  • Frostbite generally occurs at freezing or subfreezing temperatures and can affect not only the paws but commonly affects the tail, ears, and genitals of dogs
  • When ice is on the ground, there is also the possibility of ice melt being present; ice melt that is left on the paws can cause burning and cracking and can be toxic to dogs that attempt to lick it off

Nail trouble

  • Damage to the nails or nail beds can be a serious issue for dogs
  • Ingrown nails often become infected and require cleaning and draining to prevent the infection from becoming systemic
  • The toenails of dogs also have a blood vessel running through them, so breaks that extend higher than this vessel are best attended to by a veterinarian to prevent extensive bleeding or infections

Physical trauma

  • Cuts, tears, and abrasions can occur at any time, often during routine activities
  • It’s important to keep an eye out for sharp objects on the ground when walking your dogs and to make sure that you provide the proper protection when running on rough or uneven ground or on pavement
  • It is not uncommon to find foreign objects and debris in cuts and tears

Diagnosis of Paw Pad Issues and Injuries in Dogs

Many things can be deduced about the status of your pet’s paws with a thorough inspection of the paw and pad on affected feet. Be cautious when inspecting your dog’s paws as he may react unpredictably to the pain. Areas to check on your dog's feet include:

Paw pads

Peeling away of the paw pad is often the most visible injury, in which the thick outer covering is peeled away due running or skidding on hard or rough areas, and the tender inner part becomes exposed. This can happen due to it being worn away or due to burning or blistering that causes the pads to peel. Dogs can also get cuts and punctures on their paw pads that may sometimes be harder to see. If debris is present in the cut, it should be removed, and pressure applied to stop bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop within five minutes, contact your veterinarian right away. 

Nails and nailbed

Dogs that have nails or nail beds that have pus in them or are bleeding profusely should be transported to the veterinarian immediately. Don’t forget to check the dew claw as well for damage. Broken or split nails that extend past the quick can also be a hazard if left untreated as it can cause bleeding from the blood vessels that are located in the nails as well as allowing an entry point to potential bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

In between the toes and pads

Check here for cuts, polyps, or foreign objects. This is also a good place to spot yeast infections, rashes, and pests such as mites, ticks, and fleas.

Treatment of Paw Pad Issues and Injuries in Dogs

The veterinary treatment for damage to the foot pads and surrounding areas will depend on the type of injury or disorder that is affecting the paw. Burns, cuts, and abrasions will first be cleaned and evaluated. Debris and foreign objects will be removed, and if there are any tags or flaps of skin, these are likely to be removed. If the damage is more than superficial, the area around it may also be debrided to help encourage regrowth of healthy tissues. The paws affected by moderate to severe loss of the foot pad or more profound lacerations will be treated and bandaged. Treatments that are placed on the foot prior to bandaging could include Acemannan-containing hydrogel, a neomycin-bacitracin-polymixin (Neosporin), or silver sulfadiazine cream. 

In many cases, a splint will also be placed on the limb to prevent undue pressure on the foot pad. This is particularly important in regard to deep lacerations as pressure on the pad of the food can lead to the reopening of the wound and potentially to infections. If the damage to the foot has an underlying cause, such as pests, infections, foreign objects, or allergies, the root cause will need to be addressed as well. Ingrown nails will also need to be removed from the area they have grown into, which is most often the side of the paw or the paw pad itself. This is a more common occurrence with the dew claw than with the other nails.

Recovery of Paw Pad Issues and Injuries in Dogs

Ensuring that you trim your dog's nails, including the dew claw, on a regular basis will prevent ingrown toenails, as well as helping to maintain proper alignment of the feet and improving traction. 

Check the pads for damage frequently. If you are going to be walking on very hot or freezing surfaces, protect the feet with boots designed specifically for dogs or a paw wax for those dogs who will not wear the boots. 

Applying moisturizer formulated for canines to the pad of your dog's feet when the weather is dry can help protect and heal from cracked pads, cuts, and hotspots. 

Avoid letting your dog walk in areas with sharp rocks, broken glass, or run on pavement. Check the temperature of the surface the dog will be walking on to ensure it is neither too hot nor too cold. Continually monitor your dog’s behavior and gait to address any abnormal behavior for your pet.

Paw Pad Issues and Injuries Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Rocko
Pit bull/Labrador mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Individual pads separating and look like thick hai

I have a dog with terminal cancer and he's having an issue with his paws. The individual pads are separating and basically looking like thick hair follicles. What do you think could be causing this and is it possible to treat it at home with Neosporin or something like that?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for what you are describing and may be attributable to trauma, infection, nutritional deficiency among other causes. You can try to manage this at home by bathing regularly using dilute Chlorhexidine (or similar), applying Neosporin, keeping Rocko rested and stopping him from licking or biting at it. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a once over and they may be able to remove any flaps which may be causing pain or which may get caught and cause pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our dog seems to walk on his metacarpal pads with the forefoot splayed in front of the leg. Is this normal?

Hi, My 5 month old staffy has red flakey paws wondering what that is if anyone can help
Thank you

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Ruby
Shar Pei
6 Years
Mild condition
-2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi my dog has been limping for a week on her back right leg. Some of the pads her on paw are sharp to touch as if they are splinters, but I do not think they are.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Ruby and looking at her feet, I don't have any way to determine what might be going on with her. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, look at her feet, and decide what might be the cause and how best to treat her.

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Maggie
Cocker Spaniel
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Pain
smelly

Medication Used

Antibiotics

My dog injured her paw pad almost 4 months ago. She cut it on a rock. We've been in and out of the vet for treatment and nothing seems to be helping. It seems to be in a bad spot where any pressure causes it to open and bleed. I give her Epsom salt baths and wrap it lightly when I know I won't be home to keep her from licking it. When I'm home I try to just keep a baby sock or her boot on her foot for cushion and to let it air out. Is there anything else I can do to get this foot to heal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some wounds can be tricky to heal especially on the paw or in areas which move; after four months I could only recommend discussing with your Veterinarian the use of a surgical glue (product link below) to keep the wound closed and secure. The wound would need to be cleaned (and possibly debrided slightly) before application; I cannot tell you that it would work for 100%, but it is worth discussing with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Vetbond-Tissue-Adhesive?N=5002385+3294397973&rt=rud

My dog has holes in his pads what could cause that

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Joey
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

Medication Used

None
none

Hi there- just returned from the dog park with my dog Joey & a piece of the foot pad on his front left paw has fallen off. It doesn't seem to be bothering him, but it looks like a wound. Tissue is exposed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to have your Veterinarian look at the affected pad as it may require suturing and bandaging to help it heal and to prevent against infection. For now (if your Veterinarian isn’t open), bathe the affected paw in dilute chlorhexidine or povidone iodine and try to prevent licking as well as contamination with dirt and debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi.My dog is a half bread which is shih tzu and poodle.My dog loves running in my backyard alot.While he was in my backyard she started hopping a little bit. I checked under her paw but there was nothing so I didnt worry about it to much.By tommorrow his paw was full of lot of dirt and bacteria so I washed it out with some water.Afterwards her paws starrted getting smelly and the front of the paws started coming off I was very worried. Then his paaw started bleeding.Then it stopped.Is there anyway to cure his damaged paw? and if so please tell me

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Cleo
German Shorthaired Pointer
7 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Our almost 8 yr old German Shorthair pointer started limping on her front foot a couple of days ago, but not all the time. This morning I checked her foot and her one toe pad is much harder than the rest. It has a paler look to it but no physical damage to the toe pad. A month ago, we had a cancerous wall tumor removed from her other front leg. Should this be something we have our vet look at, or do you think soaking her foot for a day or so be ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Paw pads looking paler may be just due to ‘wear’, especially if there was a lot of pulling, running or rugged terrain; happens to my Yorkie as he always pulls on the lead if my daughter takes him out and after a few days is back to normal. I would give Cleo a little bit of a rest and see if there is any improvement; there are some conditions which may cause the paw pad to turn white which include infections, autoimmune disease or some foot pad disorders. If you see no improvement within a few days visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Good morning Dr .callum, I woke up this morning and saw a lots of blood all over my yard..I check my dog and saw his foot get a cut..and he is vomiting blood also, I clean it and put him to rest. Please help me ! I don't know what else to do 😔

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Smokey
Chocolate lab
9.5 years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tenderness to touch

My dogs left front paw pad area is tender to the touch and he is limping for past day and licking paw. When we try to touch the pad he pulls away and yelps. We do not see any obvious trauma.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be a simple case of a simple sprain or may be something more serious; you could try to bathe the paw (in case of something irritating the paw or small particles etc…) and prevent Smokey from licking it as it will cause irritation leading to more licking as well as restricting movement to prevent further injury. If you see no improvement by tomorrow, visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sydney
Labrador Retriever
3
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Tenderness to touch

I returned from vacation and got home only to see that my lab was limping. She has maybe a fourth of her back pad missing on one food and on her other rear paw pad the same thing seems to be occurring, as of right now a much smaller area is on that side and is bloodied. Her limp has gotten worse in the last day and she continuously licks it. Should I take her to a vet or treat with antibiotics and wraps for awhile first?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always worth getting your Veterinarian to have a look at these cases as these occurrences are unusual. However, in the meantime keep the paw pads clean and try to keep her off her feet; visiting your Veterinarian for antibiotics (do not self prescribe) would be wise too. You may want to get a cone or Elizabethan collar to put on her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Pittbull mix
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
pad worn down
Licking

Our 2 year old pit bull/retriever mix went hiking/mountain biking (over 6 miles) and now her pads are soft and seem to be tender to the touch. She is licking them a little, limping just a bit and just exhausted. How long should we give her to "recover" before seeing a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would give her a few days rest (no walking) and stop her from licking her paws (get an ecollar if you need to); you should see improvement fairly quickly, if not visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a Siberian husky and she started limping, it was her paw pad on her front middle pad it had a hard spot, so my vet x-rayed her and found nothing, he scraped it and said there was pus so he cleaned it out and gave her antibiotics. It’s been 10 days now and she is starting to llimp again and the pad is very hard and she won’t let me touch it. Why is it not healing?

I have a mini pincher/ tea cup Chihuahua he keeps getting the really red spots on his pad of feet I spray them with a inflammatory spray for dogs as much as he lets me get close. But they keep coming back he licks and limps also sometimes makes wimpering noise. Should I be worried this happens. Also if it is a allergy to food would it show in feet?

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Raven
Australian Shepherd or Mini or Toy Australian Shepherd
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog, Raven, has a pad that is "calloused" and has grown over her foot causing her to limp most of the time on that leg. Our vet is aware of it but said they normally don't do surgery, etc. Anything I can do at home to make her more comfortable?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without seeing the foot, I'm not sure exactly why the pad is growing over her foot, or the cause for that. It might be a good idea to get a 2nd opinion, just to make sure that surgery isn't an option or needed, and ask about home care from your veterinarian who has seen the foot, as it does sound like it bothers her. Perhaps padded booties might help?

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Max
Border Collie
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Raw bleeding pads

I came home to a little bit of blood on my floor and upon further inspection of my dog, I noticed part of his pad was missing on both front feet. It's not on his paw either it's the underside of the wrist one. I applied Neosporin and tried to keep him from licking it. Not sure what else I can do for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs have a carpal pad on the back side of the wrist, check to see if max has chewed the carpal pad or not (check link below); either way if there is a large wound it may need to be sutured by your Veterinarian to aid healing and to get some antibiotics if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/uploads/1/9/6/9/19691109/2016-08-07-1110.png

Yesterday we took my dog walking on a mountain which he is not used to. The trail we walked on was flat but today i noticed his skin peeled off partially off the bottom of his paw. I havent seen any blood at all come out. Should i take him to the vet?

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Penny
Golden Retriever
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red tender paw pads.
Licking

My golden retriever has some really red swollen looking areas on her back paws. She is constantly licking them. We took her to bark in the park at a baseball game last night. She was hardly ever on asphalt. Hot white concrete for just a bit but stayed on grass or a blanket for the most part. I'm very careful with her paws in the Alabama summer. Do you think this is a burn or an abrasion? Should I go to the vet? I take her to the vet for everything so I don't want him to think I'm crazy but I hate the thought of her being in pain. I read to our neosporin on it so I've done that but she's just licking it off.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Something may have irritated Penny’s rear paws whilst at the baseball game (there is many things which may be on the ground); at this point it would be best to bathe all four of Penny’s paws to remove any residue or debris and keep them dry, Neosporin will just get licked off and unless there is a break in the skin would have negligible use. You could try giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb three times per day (incase there is an allergy to bark or anything else) and more importantly stop her from licking by watching her all day and night (easier said than done); if there is no improvement in two days or so visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Django
German Shepherd
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My dog for about a week now, has been excessively licking at his one paw, i cant see anything there, ive been cleaning it, but it seems as if the pad is ripping or coming off.. i dont really know how to explain it.
But its by 2 of his toes up to the pad, no bleeding, warm to touch( infection? ) but whiteish pink, no pad in that spot, seems to be getting worse. I also noticed along with this his tounge is now bright red with his normal pink tone so blotchy.
His mood isnt as energetic as normal, he still is an upbeat dog just less the last week.
Eats drinks fine.
Taking to vet later this afternoon

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different types of paw pad injury which may be self inflicted or may arise from running over uneven or rough surfaces; it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look at the paw pad and to see Django’s tongue as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Chocolate lab
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking feet. Bitting feet. Raw skin and toe pads

Hi my two year old chocolate lab has had horrible problems with licking and hitting her feet til they are raw and her pads and inveteeen the toes. She also get ear infections and rashes on her tummy. She takes allergy pills everyday but is still having this problem. We have had allergy testing done and she is allergic to lamb and egg. She is now on a fish food but it's not helping either. We have done duck and potatoe and chicken and none have helped. Do you have any idea what this could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with allergies and contact dermatitis, it can be almost impossible to rule out all possibilities; allergy testing doesn’t cover everything and allergies to cleaning products in the home and detergents for sheets and clothing are not covered by tests. Further investigation and elimination is needed to find other possible causes for these skin reactions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my dog is half bread of poodle and shih tzu.My dog keeps on licking his paw alot lately,by tommorrow he started hopping and his paw looked disgusting,It was full of dirt and bacteria.I went to wash out his paw with some water.Then my dogs paw started coming off.His paw was bleeding afterwards.I was very worried cause I didnt know what to do please tell me if his there is cure please doc.

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Daxx
German Shepard Mix
1 1/2 years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Off balance
No intrest to get up, but will if I ask

I took my dog for a walk and along the trail we played fetch. (He loves playing fetch, so we do it a lot. He's used to all sorts of terrain.) Today the pads on his front paws peeled back and he is limping. He hasn't cried at all and let's me look at them, but I'm unsure how to proceed. I tried cleaning it out, but he puts up a good fight when I try to dip his paw in a bowl of water to try and clean it. I can't afford the vet at the moment, but will if it seems necessary. I was able to wrap them with a healing salve. He'll still get up and walk no problem, I just don't want him to. I read that something like this to them, is similar to a blister for humans. Anyhow, what's your advise other than getting my vets opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Excessive exercise on stones etc... (or a dog pulling relentlessly on a lead on a road) may lead to the paw pads wearing away where you will see red spots inside the black paw pads (if the pads seem cut off visit your Veterinarian); if it seems the paw pad has simply ‘worn away’ then rest and regular bathing is the best course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pip
Terrier Chihuahua mix
Unknown, less than a year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi there. I just rescued a small stray dog, maybe a terrier or chihuahua mix. She limps or only walks on 3 legs. It appears that her whole rear underfoot is malformed. Instead of the metatarcel pad and 4 digit pads, it's all one large pad. I assume this is the issue but I didn't know the dog from birth so it's a guess. What would the treatment be for such a thing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The initial step would be to take an x-ray of the paw to see if is any normal skeletal structure behind this pad. These cases are very unusual and may result in a partial amputation in severe cases; try to see if there is a charity clinic in your area which may be able to help with at least an x-ray and some advise. There certainly is no medical treatment for this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Lab boxer mix
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paw pad seems to be separating

Zoey is 10 and I have noticed for a while that her pads seem to be separating. It has not seem to bother her until tonight. She is limping and her paws seem to be tender. Is there anything I can do to help heal her pads.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Separation of the paw pad may be caused by a few different causes but more commonly the cause is due to abrasions from running and stopping suddenly on a concrete or other hard surface. You should keep Zoey well rested for the meantime but you should visit your Veterinarian as the pads may need to be trimmed or sutured back depending on the severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poochie
Yorkie
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Whining
panting on occasion
Shaking

My dog has been licking at his paw for a few days and just this morning I saw him limping. i looked at his paw, (the front right one) and it seems that his two front toe pads have ripped apart where they're supposed to meet.It is pink and raw from the constant licking and all I've done so far is cover it up with a sock so he doesn't mess with it. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Put a cone on Poochie to stop him from licking the paw and bathe the wound with dilute chlorhexidine making sure to keep it free of dirt and debris. It would be advisable to have your Veterinarian take a look to see if any further intervention is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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robbo
Greyhound
2 yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

does not know which foot to put on

my 2 yr old greyhound dog * robbo * has been limping on his hind legs , on inspection he has a split on his pad on both feet that are sore to touch , no bleeding , but he has 2 swollen glands on his hind legs .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to give Robbo plenty of rest and don’t allow him to lick his feet; swollen popliteal lymph nodes may be indicative of infection or inflammation. You should keep the cracked paws clean and apply an antibiotic ointment, it may also be best to place a cone on Robbo so he doesn’t lick his paws (licking can cause them to dry out leading to more cracking). You should also visit your Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Basset hound & German Shepherd mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking and biting paws

My dog is constantly licking and biting his paws. They are red and raw. I’ve bathed him to make sure there isn’t any debris, but not sure what I can do to help him. It’s definitely bothering him and I wish I knew how to relieve him. He gets two walks per day and it’s been very cold lately. This condition just started about three weeks ago. Could it be weather related?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that it is weather related especially if it is cold and there is salt on the road; if he cannot stop licking his paws you should physically stop him or place a cone on him for now. Allergies are another common cause of paw licking so any changes in food, treats or environment may cause excessive licking of the paws; at this point he may be just biting and licking them due to them being red raw now (after a possible initial problem) so a cone would be most useful especially if you place an ointment on the paws (like Neosporin). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sasha
German Shepherd
8 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Bleeding
Licking

My German sherpard paw pad has been coming off a little bit. It has been two weeks since i have notice it but can’t afford to take her to the Vet right now. I’m asking what should l do? I been putting peroxide on it but it hard to look at it. It hurts her badly for be to even hurt the paw.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Peroxide isn’t good to use as it may cause local capillary damage which may slow down the healing process; you should use something like dilute chlorhexidine or betadine to bathe the paw and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area. But, if you are having some financial difficulties you should contact a charity clinic or a nonprofit (for animals) to try to get help with some or all of the cost of veterinary care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

*badly for me to look at the hurt paw.

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Max
Boxer
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking of paws
Lameness

I have a 6 year old male boxer who has been limping for 36 hours. I have found the injury or pain area and it is on one toe only. What are my options? He hobbles around and can still jump in and out of the car and does not whimper. The only time he even get agitated is when I touch the pad of the specific toe.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would give Max some strict rest to keep him off his paws, then I would recommend you bathe the affected paw to remove any possible sources of irritation (sand, small foreign objects etc…) and then give him the weekend. If you don’t see any improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as there may be a bone infection, cancer or something else going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Sheltie
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dogs dew claw looks like it is in paw pad and she keeps licking at it. I don’t want to try to pull the nail out in case it starts to bleed. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Joyce, thank you for contacting us about Angel. Those dewclaw nails can cause problems if they aren't kept trimmed, for sure, and they will sometimes grow into the pad and cause pain and infection. If it looks like that is happening, it would be best to book an appointment for her in the next day or two and have your veterinarian look at it - they may be able to trim it short, but she may need sedation to do so. They'll also be able to determine if she needs antibiotics or not at this time. I hope everything goes well for Angel!

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Fly
Border Collie
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking
Pads falling off
Two pads
Limping
Blister on back pad

Hi, today we went on a dog walk at Rye Harbour we chose to walk the more off road path (ground : grass, large stones, tarmac, mud.) We got to the pub and then continued our 5&1/2 miles back (in total 11miles), he was hydrated. He began limping almost immediately, we checked for thorns and small stones but there was nothing. We washed his feet in water and then checked the ground with our own feet to see the temperature(it was warm but not hot.) when we got home, his pads on both front paws were peeling off, almost the whole pad has fallen off(just flapping about). We've shut him in his cage to prevent pressure on it. He's supposed to be meeting another dog tomorrow(not a long walk(not even a mile)) WHAT SHOULD I DO!!????

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the paw pads are more or less sliced off into a flap I would strongly recommend you visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian as there is nothing to do at home apart from keep the paws clean and prevent any dirt or debris getting in there by bandaging (be careful to not put the bandage too tight to cut off blood circulation. But I stress that Fly should visit his Veterinarian as soon as possible and not meet up with another dog tomorrow. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Lab / Great Pyr
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

peeling skin
Licking

I noticed that my pup has been licking her paws from time to time so I looked closely at them and saw that on both of her front paws, the carpal pad (the toe that doesn't touch the ground) seems to be peeling a bit and are slightly pink. On one paw, the skin seems to have already peeled off and looks to be healing well. The other paw has a tiny flap of skin, almost like a skin tag, that hasn't come off yet. I'm not sure if I should be worried or if it's just normal wear and tear. I'm also curious as to why this part of her paws and no other part that comes in contact with the ground – is she doing it herself?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely Luna is doing this herself, it is important to stop her from licking or biting at these areas which you can do by placing a cone on her if she isn’t compliant and bathing both carpal pads with a dilute antiseptic. If there is a loose flap, it may need to be cut off by your Veterinarian to help facilitate the healing process. Sometimes dogs will start to lick or bite at something and will not stop until they have completed their goal even if it includes self mutilation; boredom is the most contributor to this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kratos
German Shepherd
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Whines if pad is touched

My German Shepard was playing ball on the road a now has a torn carpal pad there's a piece hanging. He's not whining, he bled a little but stopped fairly quickly and he's still just as eager to play so it hasn't slowed him down but he yelps if we touch it. How do we treat it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to get some dogs to calm down after an injury, but you should try to keep Kratos calm and prevent him from licking or biting at the pad; bathe the pad twice daily with a dilute antiseptic as well as applying an antibiotic ointment to the area if he is not licking it to help create a barrier against infection. If the pad is severely torn, you should check in with your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian to have it look at and treated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Livie
Goldendoodle
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sores

I have a 5 month old Goldendoodle. When she was getting groomed they let me know that her back paws on the pad had a couple pin holes if you will on each one of them. I took her to the vet and they gave me some spray. Which smells like alcohol. It has not cleared this up. Now one of the sore if the size of the end of a pen. She does not act like they hurt at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for paw injuries in dogs, commonly infections are the main cause of lesions appearing but without an examination I cannot say for sure; regular bathing of the paws is important with a dilute antiseptic but if an underlying cause cannot be found a biopsy may need to be taken especially if one paw pad is opening up. It may be a case of a course of antibiotics or anti inflammatories but you would need to discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Linus
Australian Cattle
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blister

hello, i have a young australian cattle dog/blue heeler that i adopted a few weeks ago, and i noticed a sore on the side of his back left paw recently, which looks like a red swollen blister, but with a wound in the middle that looks raw and circular in shape. linus doesn't flinch when i try to clean it or examine it, but i do catch him occassionally licking that paw. he licks all his paws though (not obsessively though), but it seems like this area has been getting slightly worse. we have been having really challenging weather conditions, from lots of snow, ice, cold and all the things that come with it (tons of salt, etc.) i've protected his paws with booties on occasion when it has been very bad, but sometimes can't get them on in time to go out. can i use something like neosporin on the wound, and bandage it in some way that won't come off? could i use one of the disposable paw booties on just that paw with a bandage/antibiotic? i was using a little vaseline for a while to keep his paws hydrated when i noticed this wound first, but now that it seems like an open wound, i've stopped applying it to this particular area.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing hi paw, and the wound, I can't advise you to use ointment or cover it up, as that can make some conditions worse. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian so that they can examine him, look at the lesion, and diagnose what it might be. Once they have seen it, they can give you recommendations on whether or not to cover it, if it needs medications, or if it something more serious. I hope that everything goes well for him.

I took my dog on a hike a week ago. She did a lot of running and sliding in mud. She’s been a little off the last few days. I was looking her over and noticed that two of her paw pads are peeled off and red. They might be warm, it’s hard to tell if there any warmer than her other toes. Should I rinse her toes and put ointment on them? I have something called otibiotic ointment from past infections she’s had. What should I do? Should I be worried?

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Hussey
Shetland Sheepdog
8 Days
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Cut pad

My dog went walking with friends on rocks with oyster shells 5 days ago. He has a cut in his paw pad that is quite deep. It stopped bleeding quickly. My dog keeps licking his paw and I’ve now taken good measures to stop the licking. However there is a bit of yellow pus forming in the wound. Should I trim the excess pad and give it a good clean or go to the vet? How much yellow is too much? And is it a good idea to trim? Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian. Oyster shells can cause some nasty infections, and he may need antibiotics. Your veterinarian can look at the wound and determine if any of the pad can be removed or if it will be incredibly painful to do so. I hope that Hussey does well.

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Mako
German Shepherd
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

I took my dog to the dog park for the first time the other day. Yesterday I noticed that a part of his carpal pad was pulled up. I treated with neosporin. He ran around again today and his paws have become more red.They dont have any lacerations but look like the newer skin is irritated since it hasnt had time to toughen up yet. I am watching him for licking and continuing to keep the wound clean and applying neosporin. Will the flaps of the old paw pad come off on their own or will they need to be cut off? He is mainly an indoor dog

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being it would be best to keep Mako at home and continue to bathe the carpal pad as you are doing until the redness goes down; once he is alright you can reintroduce to exercise. With giving it time or seeing the paw pads, I cannot say whether they need to be trimmed or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby Girl
Maltese poodle
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hurt paw pad

My dogs paw pad has come off just a lil bit it’s still very attached bt I just noticed it tonight and I’m just wondering what I should do there’s no bleeding and she seems fine!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would probably be best to have Baby Girl seen to determine why her pad seems to be sloughing, and she may need antibiotics to keep the underlying tissues from becoming infected. Pads can slough due to trauma, underlying skin problems, or infection. Your veterinarian can examine her, determine what the caause might be, and remove that piece of pad if needed. I hope that she does well.

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Rogue
Labrador Heeler
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lost fur
Peeled Pads

We went hiking the other day and aftewards I noticed that his main paw pad had peeled pretty severely. There didn't seem to be any blood and it didn't cause him to limp at first. The second day I noticed him licking it and limping on it a bit and I found that he had started losing a small patch of fur next to the paw pad. I cleaned the raw portion of his pad and placed some gauz, attaching it to his paw with medical tape. This morning I removed, cleaned, and renewed the gauz, but I'm still worried with the lost patch of fur. Should that be a concern?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Pad sloughing can be quite painful for dogs, and has the chance of getting infected. it would be best to have Rogue seen by his veterinarian to assess the injury and determine if any medications are needed at this time. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Clay
Pit bull mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Red Spots that bled slightly when r

I took my friend's dog, Clay, for a walk yesterday. We went to the bank. This would be roughly 1.2 miles round trip. On the way back, I noticed red spots appearing on his right front paw. He didn't seem to be in any pain, but he did seem weary when we got back. I attributed this to the long walk. When we got back in, I took a paper towel, and started wiping his paws, as I always do, so he doesn't get the carpet or sofa wet. The red started opening, and leaving spots on the towel. After we got his harness off, he climbed on the sofa and relaxed. About an hour later, the red spots were gone, and he didn't seem any worse for the wear.

Clay is a 75-pound Pit Bull, and many that have seen him think the other part is boxer. He is just a cuddle-bug. Scratch him behind his cropped ears, and you have a friend for life. He was SUPPOSED to be a fighting dog, but my friend rescued him and gave him a better life. I am wondering if there was something under the foot of snow that got his paw, or if the mile walk was too much for him. My friend has Nose Butter for the raw area on his chin. Would Clay benefit from this on his paw?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Placing nose butter on the paws wouldn’t do any harm and many products are labelled as being suitable for use after walking in wintery conditions, also give him a day off or two from walking and just allow him to do his business outside and then allow rest again. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Rottweiler German Shepherd mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hello, my 1 year old Rottweile German Shepherd mix, has been limping on her right Hind leg. Today I noticed a round hole the size of a ball point pen on the pad of he paw. Doesn't look infected, but when I touch it she nips at me like it hurts her. What should/can I do? Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Daisy, or this lesion, I'm not sure that I can comment on what it might be, what caused it, or what the best treatment might be. It would probably be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can see the area and determine what the best thing would be for her.

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cody
Chihuahua
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

walking on 3 legs, pain, licking, n

what is wrong with my dog leg or paw. we rescued him and noticed him walking on 3 legs. took him to vet and they think the knee cap comes out of place but in between his toes hurt when touched, hes constantly licking it, hurts to touch

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Small dogs are commonly affected by luxating patellas, or kneecaps that come out of place. It can be mild, or quite painful, depending on the degree of joint disease. Since I can't see Cody, it would be best to ask your veterinarian what the best possible treatment is for him, as some dogs need ongoing pain control, and others need surgery to help with the condition. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Artemis
German Shepherd
10 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping paw pad issue

My 10 month old German Shepard has what appears to be a small abrasion on her digital pad, right where she is missing a pinky toe. She is limping around when waking outside even if it’s only for three minutes to just pee quickly. I am using neosporin but she won’t let me or my husband close long enough to wrap it. I’m pretty sure she got it from running around outside. She won’t let me really look long enough other than to see that it is scraped, it’s not bleeding but what can we do about this and how do we help her? She also has seemed very still and unchareristically calm.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A paw pad abrasion should heal nicely as long as it is just a surface abrasion; it is important to keep it clean with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin if possible (if she doesn’t lick it off). There is no need to wrap it, but you should clean it after she has been outside; if there is no improvement by the end of the week you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Adopted a border heeler mix. 2years old. He is so active his paw pads are often bloody and nail beds are run down to the quick. He's been on bed rest for 3 days. Went out and overdid it again. Going to put him on bed rest and clean his feet with water and hydrogen peroxcide mix. Any other suggestions? I'll be careful not to run him on anything but grass. Anything else I should be doing?

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Chippa
German Shorthaired Pointer
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tender red bump

My German Shorthaired Pointer of 4 years has a tender red swollen bump at the base of her pad on the front paw. First noticed it when she was limping yesterday and I looked thinking it was a thorn and saw this red bump she pulled away when I touched it. She walks around most of the time with no symptoms of pain. Reading many causes and symptoms I am hoping it was a bee sting. We find many bees on the ground by the pool and many bees are in the Orange trees here. She is always investigating the bees. My treatment right now is soaking her paw in lukewarm water with epsom salts 3 time a day and I put an antibiotic on it 2 time a day. When she goes outside I put a bootie on it and she hops around on 3 legs. It has been a day and half now and so far no improvement. The bump seems solid with no puncture signs or no pussy signs, just red and tender. It is almost invisible until you spread apart her pads. Am I doing the right treatment? And what do you think it might be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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You may be right, and it may be an insect sting, as those can be quite painful. If the lesion does not improve over the next couple of days, or if it worsens, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to make sure that nothing else is going on. if it is a bee sting or another type of minor trauma, it should improve quickly.

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Copper
Lab mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paw pad road burn

Hi my dog copper was nicked my a car Saturday night. I wasn’t there my husband was. The car must has just ran over his left back paw? His only injury is scrapped off pads on his paw, like a bad road burn. Bleeding has stopped, we cleaned it, put Neosporin on it and rapped it. We have changed the rapping everyday so far (its only been like two days) but he doesn’t put any pressure on it and hops around on three legs. Would that be expected for his typ of injury? I felt around all of his leg and paw, squeezed it and it doesn’t seem to bother him just his pads. So I don’t think anything is broken. Anyway just looking for advice I would really like to hold off on going to the vet unless I absolutely have too. 😬🤷🏼‍♀️

Thanks,
Nicole

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not unusual for a dog to be limping for a week or more after this type of injury; however you should continue to clean the paw with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin, but be careful when wrapping since some owners wrap paws and legs tight (by accident) and you may cause blood to pool in the paw. You should have your Veterinarian check the paw to be on the safe side to ensure that there is nothing broken, try to keep Copper’s movement restricted whilst he is healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxy
Pitt bull
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Crying

my dog has a sore in between her paws pads and I took her to the vet and $750 later she's still not healed and it's been months she still limping she still hurts I've done everything I've been told to do and then some I'm currently soaking it in Epsom salt but it's just not healing I need something to dry this up and I don't know what to do I need help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Roxy is having that problem. Unfortunately, without seeing her, or the sore, I can't offer any advice on how to improve her situation. If it has been going on for months without improving, it may be worth getting a second opinion - some 'sores' can be caused by fungal or bacterial infections, but some tumors can look like that, too. It never hurts to have a second set of eyes look at something that isn't resolving the way it should. I hope that everything goes okay for her.

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Queen
German Shepherd Dog
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pad laceration

My dog had a deep laceration in her paw pad. The vet stitched it up but I noticed that when the stitches were removed, the hard part of the pad was still split. It does not seem to bother her at all. It never did actually. Does this part not heal? If not, what can I do to protect the fatty part that is now exposed?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the inside of the pad is still exposed, it would be best to have the wound re-evaluated. Paws do heal, and the pad should grow over that part normally, but to make sure it would be a good idea to have it looked at.

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Coco
Pomeranian
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Between pads still red and bleeding

My Pomeranian started licking her front paws excessively and noticed her pads were becoming red and raw between pads and where we live they use reclaImed water to irrigate the grass and we have walked him there. We took him to a vet and tested his paws and results are 1+rods TNTC cocci rare yeast, was given a injection of cytopoint, 2 weeks of clavamox 62.5mg twice daily and to soak paws in chlorhexidine diluted to light blue color for 5 minutes once daily and also given cone to wear. They want to recheck in 2 weeks. He was first seen by vet on 4/16 and will have recheck on 5/3, so my question is his paws are bleeding a little and still raw between pads should I bring him back sooner or wait until recheck as the vet is 5 hours away.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you feel that Coco is improving, it could take time, and he was given many good medications. If he is improving, you may be okay to continue to monitor him. If you do not feel like things are getting better, it has been enough time that you should see some signs of improvements, and it may be a good idea to have him rechecked sooner than the 3rd. I hope that he is getting better.

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Uma
Miniature Pinscher
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamation

Hi there ,

How can I deal with this issue please? she recently gets inflammation in her paws and she licks her paws a lot ,we always try to stop her,this problem disapear and come back again

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for paw inflammation which may be due to allergies, infections, inflammation, trauma, chemical irritation (walked through something) among other causes. You should bathe the paw(s) and prevent Uma from licking them (a cone may be best to use), but without an examination I cannot say specifically what the underlying cause is for this issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

R u in London ?if yest please could you leave the nearest clinic close to SW3

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duece
Pit bull
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

pad issue

My dog went to the tennis court at the park for about 2 hours and we played,we came home Sunday and all night he was licking his paws NON STOP. I noticed the pad on his paw fell off along with 2 other pads on his other paw. He hasn't been the same since. he doesn't want to walk much, and has licked to cause a hot spot as well on top of his foot. He is constipated as well.
Should I take him to vet?
up to date on shots, no vomiting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Duece to your Veterinarian for an examination of the paws and to treat the wounds; since the paws come into contact with the floor a course of antibiotics may be required in addition to other treatment. A cone may be useful to prevent Duece from licking his paws which will help reduce irritation to them; in the meantime bathe the affected paws with a dilute antiseptic but visit your Veterinarian as soon as you can. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Reece's
Labrador Husky
Four Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Bleeding
Licking

My dog had cut of his whole pad on his foot and we had put water on it and put a bandage around it he had been bitting at it. It has been bleeding a lot . We had came home and we don't know how long it had been bleeding we don't know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the bleeding isn't stopping with gentle pressure, you will need to take him to your nearest emergency clinic so that they can assess the injury. If the bandage stopped the bleeding, you can take the bandage off to prevent damage to his paw, and monitor the foot for bleeding or infection. Since it sounds like he cut a significant part of the pad, you should probably have him seen as soon as you can by a veterinarian even if it has stopped bleeding.

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Shawty
Pit American bullie
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, swollen
Limping, swollen, licking

I have a Lab/pit mix dog. Her name is Shawty. For 2days now she has been licking and babying her paw.It's swollen and has a raised white area. What could it be? I really can't afford to go to the vet right now....

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Shawty and looking at her paw, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on, but it does sound like she needs to be seen to have the paw evaluated and figure out why it is so swollen and painful. Many clinics do offer 'free first exams' that would allow you to have her seen and at least know more what might be going on with her. I hope that she is okay.

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Sunny
Sheepadoodle
8 Months
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Growth

My sheepadoodle recently began limping. After investigating her front right paw I noticed a little growth of some kind. It's not red and inflamed like an infection but rather the same "material" as her paw pad, about the size of a pea. She's still very active but limps and tries not to put too much pressure on that foot. I brought her to my vet and he didn't seem certain what it really was but wants to remove it. Would love a second opinion!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us today about Sunny . Without seeing the lump, I have a hard time giving you my opinion on whether it should or should not come off - if it is bothering her and she limps on it, and your veterinarian thinks that is should be removed, I'd trust their judgement; you do always have the option of sending the lump off for pathology to find out what it is, and if it is going to be a problem in the future or if the surgery is curative. Good luck with Sunny!

Quick follow up - we had the lump removed and sent for a biopsy and it was a viral papilloma (wart). When we searched online we never came across that as a possibility.

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Fred
Mini Aussie Shepherd
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

no limp or pain....just coloration

My mini Aussie has a red tint above her paw area that was not there a couple months ago. Its seems to change from a faint hue to a little more "pink" occasionally. What is it and how do I treat it

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Without examining Fred and determining if it is on the surface or a lower layer of skin and if the skin is broken or not I cannot say what the specific cause is; if may be from a scratch, pressure sore or another causes. Keep an eye on it and bring it up with your Veterinarian at Fred’s next checkup or earlier if it gets worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Junior
Pit bull
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

tenderness to touch
limp

Junior is an outside dog & other than the gravel in our drive way hurting his feet when he walks across he’s very tough, but recently has started limping and though he won’t let us get a good look, his paw pad is discolored and looks like he has small holes in it. i can’t tell if it’s the actual pad of his paw or a swollen part between the pads.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Junior I cannot say which part of his paw is injured; in any case you need to examine the paws and to treat as required (bathing with a dilute antiseptic and Neosporin), place him on better ground during recovery and possibly visit your Veterinarian for an examination especially if you are unable to examine the paws. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Green Collar
German Shepherd
2 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Rough dry skin on paw pad

I have a litter of two week old German Shepherd puppies. We noticed today that on one of their back paws, there is a rough patch near the paw pad. It looks like some sort of growth, but it is light brown/grey in color, so it is not an open wound of any kind it doesn't seem.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see the area, I have a hard time commenting on whether the patch of skin is a problem, or nothing to worry about. Since it does not seem normal to you, it would be a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian, as they can examine the pup and determine if any treatment is needed. I hope that all goes well for them!

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Milo
American Bulldog
9 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Abrasion
Bleeding
Wound
Splitting
Paw pad peeled back
Redness

Sometimes when we walk my dog an area of his back paw pad peels and bleeds slightly. It seems to be where he puts the most pressure when walking. This happened once before after he had been in bed rest post-op for a surgery. We just cleaned it and put neosporin on it and it healed back up. The vet told us it was not very concerning and these things just happen sometimes. We make sure not to take him out when it is too hot out, but I feel so bad for him. He is getting old and I want to keep him mobile but am struggling to figure out what to do, I don’t want to cause him pain. He does not seem phased by them at all (not licking or limping) I’m not sure he’s even aware that they are peeled. Is this a matter of the pad needing to “toughen” up so to speak?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes a dog’s paw pad may peel due to an incorrect gait, the incorrect gait may cause problems when placing the paw which may lead to uneven wear. Without examining Milo and seeing him walk I cannot determine if the issue is with an incorrect gait for another cause. Keep him rested for now and apply Neosporin to the area as you’ve done before. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Watson
Border Collie
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Slight limp

I took my dog to the beach a couple of days ago and I think she scraped her paws on the shells and rocks. They look to have closed up and I've been putting neosporin on them but she's having trouble walking on pavement and sometime jumping onto my bed or the couch. I was just wondering if I should take her to the vet or if it's just a bit of residual pain from healing. Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Watson's paws are healing and improving, it may just be a matter of time until they are less sensitive - those injuries can be painful. Until they heal, if you can walk her on soft surfaces it may help. If they look like they are not healing, or are getting infected, it would be best to see your veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Sushi
Mutt
5 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Lost

Medication Used

none

Hello, so I was walking my dog and some car passed by and ran over her little paw, apparently she hasn't felt the paw since that day, I touch it and its warm but I am positively sure that it doesn't work because its hanging since. So, in the day she was ran over she was taken immediately to the veterinary and he said it would be better to cut off the paw but since he answered to quickly decided to wait to see other alternatives so that she could have a better life.
The problem is she probably hurt herself in the paw like a week a go without me seeing it and the injury is getting bigger and bigger the veterinary said to cut it off again, but if I do how can I give her a structure or something to give her not the running life she had but at least a good walking life, is there some kind of structure known for when dogs cut off a paw? What can I do? Do I choose to cut off her little paw? Don't know what to do.. I'm from Portugal can you advice someone or something?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the paw I cannot determine whether or not amputation is the best course of action but it may be if recommended by your Veterinarian. Dogs tend to respond well to amputation; but in cases where the amputation is just the paw, dogs may try to still use the limb damaging the skin on the stump. I don’t know of any place in Portugal which does prosthetics, these companies are generally in the USA; however OrthoPets have a distributor in the UK (link below) and there are other companies which I’ve linked below as well, your Veterinarian may be able to take some measurements and have one custom made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.pethealthnetwork.com/news-blogs/a-vets-life/amputation-and-prosthetics-dogs https://orthopets.com/ www.k-9orthotics.com/prosthetics/partial-paw-prosthetics www.mypetsbrace.com/prosthetics-dogs

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stub
Pit bull
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

Hi my 7 year old pit has cut his carpal paw, I brought him to the vet because It was bleeding and appears to be open wound, she sent me home stating he might get sutures and told me to come back after the weekend and keep it wrapped. could I take care of this myself at home? I been wrapping and cleaning the wound and doesn't seem to bother him, the bleeding has stopped as well. I just don't understand why I was told he might need stitches but was stated I needed to bring him back after the weekend since they don't do procedures on weekends... if it was this serious wouldn't they have given me a better answer?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot speak on behalf of the Veterinarian which you saw but in most cases if a wound needs sutures, it needs sutures; if the bleeding has stopped and the wound isn’t too wide or deep conservative treatment may be sufficient, but since the Veterinarian recommend you come back after the weekend that is what I recommend you do. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Effie
German Shorthaired Pointer
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

none

Hi. I was out with my dog she suddenly started limping and we got her home her paw pads look like they are peeling both back legs she hasn't been crying or anything

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Injuries to the paw pads may occur for a few different reasons including pulling on the lead, walking on uneven terrain among other causes; you should bathe the paws with a dilute antiseptic and try to restrict Effie’s movement to prevent further injury. Monitor for improvement, but if there are no signs of improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nilla
English Cream Golden Retriever
5 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

hard growth

My golden retriever has a hard small growth (or something) on the right side of her front pad. I found it after we had her in a kennel for a few days. Doesn't seem to stop her from getting around. No bleeding. Doesn't look infected. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nilla’s paw I cannot say whether this lump is something to be concerned about, keep an eye on it but if it doesn’t disappear in the next week you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; if it grows, changes colour or starts to bleed you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tucker
Walker coonhound
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abrasion
Pain
Bleeding

Medication Used

antibiotics

My dog ran away 5 days ago and had torn of some skin on its paws (he is a hound dog and our gate got open) we took him to the vet and they cleaned them and bandaged them up. They gave us pain meds and antibiotics to prevent infection. Unfortunately again, today, he got out again and tore off the healed tissue arnd more to his pads. A few are nearly raw and bleeding. He is still on the medications until late next week. I cleaned the abrasions/cuts out with a diluted iodine solution and placed antibiotic cream in the pads as well as bandgaging them up as well. I’m not quite sure what more I should do for him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Tucker is still on his medications, they should continue to help him, even with this second event. Be careful when bandaging his feet that your wraps are loose - cutting off circulation is a common problem. The bandages should be changed daily to monitor for infection or other problems. If you think that anything is getting worse and not better, please have him rechecked by your veterinarian. It might also be a good idea to call them and let them know what is going on with him.

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Bella
Basenji
5 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Tear
Licking

We took my dog on a run today and she was pulling more than usual but never limped. After an hour of being home she began licking her paw quite a bit. When I looked at it, there is a corner of her large center pad that is pulled up. She is not bleeding or limping, does she need to go to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may happen if a dog is on the lead and is continually pulling, especially if they are slightly pulling to the side; if it isn’t bleeding I would give her some rest (no walks) and bathe the paw regularly with a dilute antiseptic and pop a dab of Neosporin there (make sure she doesn’t keep licking the area). If there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gideon
Pit bull
21 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

chewing main paw pads until raw
painful to walk

Day 1, Gideon chewed paw pad until raw. Day 3, Gideon chewed a different paw pad until raw. I noticed Gideon had "hair" looking things growing from his paw. Took pup to vet- vet said probably an allergy irritation. Vet trimmed off the edges of his paw pad he didn't chew off. Treated the possibility of infection, and provided pain management. Vet did not address the "hairs" growing- told me hyperkeratosis isn't a concern- regardless of his age or breed. I treated the hyperkeratosis at home. 8 days of medication and Gideon chewed another paw pad (not the one I treated)until raw. Now I am wiping his feet when he comes inside, and applying coconut oil to keep the paw pads conditioned. I have an appointment with another vet in two weeks. Is hyperkeratosis a concern? What test should I request to be ran? Is a cone of shame my only option to protect his feet when I'm not home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being, a cone would prevent any further paw chewing; there are also products like paw butter which may help in the meantime. There is no specific test for hyperkeratosis (possibly a biopsy sample), but a diagnosis is normally made based on the presentation of symptoms and the presence of a primary disease or condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
German Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Torn webbing on front feet

What can I do to help my girl. She was kennelled for 1 night and has torn up the skin between her toes on both her front feet from scratching to get out. She is very sore and not wanting to walk. I'm very short on money and need some immediate home care help to try and get her through so I can see if it improves without vet care and costs.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the wounds are superficial and not bleeding, time should heal those wounds, and keeping them clean with an antibacterial soap may be enough. Any ointment that you put on the feet is only going to get licked off, so that isn't a good idea. She will probably be sore for a day or two, and she may have to heal a little. Many OTC pain medications are toxic to dogs, so just making sure that she is on soft bedding and comfortable may help as well. If she is still sore after a day or two, or it seems that her feet are getting infected, she should see a veterinarian.

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Alex
Weimaraner mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

loose paw pad

hi, we’ve just noticed the pad on our dog’s dew claw is loose, for lack of better explanation. it looks kind of like a plastic bottle cap that’s not detached all the way. the area underneath is pink but not bleeding or inflamed. I would like to treat her myself if possible, but do I need to trim the loose pad, or attempt to get it to heal (reattach)? WILL it heal if I treat with ointment and bandage it? if it should be trimmed, what should I use? thank you for any help you can give!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would not recommend trimming the excess tissue, as that can be very painful for Alex - there will be nerves and blood supply to that tissue. If there was a trauma to the pad, it should slough and grow back by itself. If things are not looking like they are improving over the next 7-10 days, or if she seems painful, she should probably see her veterinarian, but if the pad looks like it is healing normally, you may be able to continue to monitor it.

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Ted
Cockapoo
3 Years
Fair condition
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Yesterday my 3 yr old cockapoo started licking his foot and not stopping, put his collar on him as he's done this a few times, took him to vets last year because it got really sore, limping too, he would not let them touch him do they put him to sleep to shave it and look, found nothing at all, said he prob grazed it but his continuous licking infected it. £200 later collar on for a week and stopped. He's done this twice since and I stick collar on for a day or 2 and he stops but again today's he's limping slightly, and on his pad it's a hard lump/ scab. Cries when I touch it but seems fine in himself. Collar still on, do I leave a few more days as I know it will just be same procedure with vets???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Keeping an eye on it and bathing the paw with lukewarm water to remove any possible irritants may help; but if there is no improvement over the next few days I would take him in to your Veterinarian for a check. It is also important to ensure that any scab isn’t bleeding or wound getting contaminated; try to keep the paw clean during healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Collie
22 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sores, cuts, swellings, weeping

My dog is very active. We have 4 acres and horses so she’s always on the go, running and jumping. She keeps getting injuries to her paws. Splits, swellings, bleeding etc. never much blood but her feet are sore. One injury heals and two more appear! How can i strengthen her feet so they withstand a boot more.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Toughening up the pads of Lucy's feet is just a matter of time and exposure, similar to if you started walking outside without shoes. Eventually your feet would become calloused, and so will Lucy's. Make sure that you are keeping her safe and taking care of any wounds that she may be getting now.

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Bowser
Pit bull mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No superficial wound
purple/red in color
skin looks raw
Will not bear weight

My dog will not bear weight on his back paw, it hasn't gotten him down much, he still wants to play. But I can not find any open wounds or anything thorns, cheat grass, or anything of the sort. But around one of his pads is extremely red/purple. Like it looks extremely raw. He licks it every now and then, but the most he has messed with it is after I tried looking at it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bowser’s paw it is difficult to say what the specific cause is, bruising is a possibility and may make it uncomfortable to place the paw on the ground but there may be other causes as well; you should try to keep Bowser well rested and monitor for improvement, if there is no improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Biscuit
Border Collie
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Laceration

Medication Used

isaderm gel

My dog is almost 3 year and has had about 5 pad injuries ranging from lacerations between her pads and most recently what appears to be a blister that resulted in a large flap being torn away (no bleeding). I've seen a vet about some of these injuries but generally treat at home with a polysporin (Rx'd by my vet) and applying booties for protection and preventing her from licking. Because it is apparent that my dog seems to be more prone to these types of injuries, i was wondering if there was a way of preventing them (other then wearing booties all the time). Should i be applying some form of moisturizer/wax to her pads daily?
My dog is a bordercollie/poodle cross, about 30 lbs, VERY VERY active and agile.
Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure that there is any way to prevent trauma to the pads if her pads are normal and she is just very active and causing damage to them. For her, booties when she is outside might be the best alternative.

My dog has had a lot of problems in the last couple of months with his paws. He is 7 years old, and I've noticed that he has been getting a lot more injuries on his paws. He doesn't seem to notice them (no gnawing or licking), but sometimes they open up and blood gets everywhere.

I'm wondering why all of a sudden he's been having so many injuries? Nothing has changed to his normal day to day life. We go on walks, he goes to doggy day care twice a week. I'm not sure what is going on.

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Mason
Pitboxer mix
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Limping, keeps paw up if possible

my pitboxer mix has been limping on and off since he was a pup. He's now 5 this month. I figured he had minimal arthritis but recently he holds his left rear paw up. I checked his pads yesterday and his big pad looks a bit swollen and instead of the hard,backwards sandpaper feel of a normal pad it looks more like a spongy sea creature with the fine hairs about an eighth ince long instead of the fine hard sandpaper hairs. I just started peroxide, Neosporin then wrapped up and rest, no walks. Is this a main concern for a vet appointment or will it go away with my treatments.

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