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First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby PitBull-Lady » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:19 pm

(yup did a search... 3 topics! I can't believe it.)

Capone has a torn pad. It looks horrible and of course he's miserable too. We washed it, and put some Chlorhex solution on it, and of course, he and Flower took turns licking it, but now it's just 'there' he's resting and not bothering it.

Should I just leave it?
Or should I bandage it up?
If I bandage it, he's first going to freak out, but then he's going to rip it off. (or more, Flower will rip it off)
Sure I can put a cone on him, but is it ok to just let the air dry it and then check daily to make sure it's not infected?
Because if it's size, I'm just not sure what to do. Little tears are easy to deal with, but this is kind of big and oowie! :crybaby:
It hurts me to look at it!


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Re: First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby PitBull-Lady » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:21 pm

this was the only other 'helpful' article i found
I just can't believe there are not others

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=147602&p=1940152&hilit=torn+pad#p1940152

This is kind of helpful, but it does not seem to address the rawness
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=123910&p=1660392&hilit=pad+blister#p1660392
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Re: First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby Curly_07 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:16 pm

Here's my thread from recent... viewtopic.php?f=5&t=152871

It took Lady Bug 3 days in the cone, and they just cleared up. Curly last week tore her pads while we were biking. Her's are almost healed after a week.
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Re: First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby PITtsburgher » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:03 pm

Don't let anyone lick it... it will get infected.
If it were me I would go to the vet.
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Re: First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby Taffys_Angel » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:58 pm

Oh OUCH...

Definitely make sure they're not licking it! Maybe a sock or fleece bootie would help keep it clean? Taffy did that once to herself, skidding across a concrete walkway in my grandmother's backyard at top speed going after a toy... she limped briefly, and that's what made me check her foot. I just kept an eye on it and made sure she couldn't lick it, and it healed in no time flat.
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Re: First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby PitBull-Lady » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:40 pm

Thanks guys.
Poor thing is miserable but he's doing pretty good. He has not been licking thank goodness. But I'm afraid tomorrow while were at work he'll go crazy with it. So I'll put the big blow up blue baloon on him tomorrow. Poor poor baby.

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Re: First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby heartbullies » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:31 pm

Booker does this almost weekly. Yay. I usually trim any flaps off, soak in Chlorhex to remove debris, and then keep it clean and dry, no licking. I don't bandage it, personally. He gimps for a couple days (unless you might throw a tennis ball and then he is miraculously healed except for the bloody paw prints) and then it seems totally better after about two weeks.

Packed dirt, certain kinds of sand, and pavement are the culprits. Sigh.

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Re: First Aid needed for Torn Pad

Postby PitBull-Lady » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:31 pm

Oh poor Booker! This is a first for us, so I'm still trying to read his limping. He's doing pretty good, but he is soooo sensitive to everything, he acts like his life is scum.
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