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cracked paw - slightly bleeding

January 8th, 2011, 08:57 AM
so i noticed while walking cash this morning in the snow (just to the bathroom area) that there was a dab of blood coming from his back paw - i thought maybe he had stepped on something, but i checked when we got back inside.

his paw pad on his smallest nail/toe has a small (1/4" -1/2") long crack on it.

i went to the pharmacy, bought some non-stick gauze pads, "no-sting" antiseptic and some self-adhesive bandage.

i cleaned it with warm water, the antiseptic, and then put a gauze pad on it with some neutrogena skin-aid cream, wrapped it up with the self-adhesive bandage.

is this enough for now? should i still take him to the vet?

he didnt whimper/whine when i was touching/cleaning it if that matters.

January 8th, 2011, 09:13 AM
kingdano if its not too big I would just keep it clean and covered if you can...maybe put a sock on his foot! their pads can get dry & cracked too! my boy has terrible pads in the winter.

I cant recall who told me about this product but I picked it up at the pet store and I love it. It really helps dry & cracked feet for dogs. Its meant for horses..

the only other thing I would worry about is if he stepped on something like a nail or ??

heres the link

January 8th, 2011, 09:20 AM
you mean as far as like infection/tetanus or something?

i guess ill take a look at it every morning and see how it looks.

im thinking that our normal 2 mile walk is out of the picture for a week...agree?

January 8th, 2011, 09:45 AM
I would see if it bothers him and then take it from there...if you see him limping or not?

January 8th, 2011, 09:54 AM
he wasnt limping at all.

January 8th, 2011, 11:42 AM
so not surprisingly...he keeps chewing the bandage and pad off...

i guess itll have to stay open then...

if it gets worse ill just call the vet up

January 8th, 2011, 12:37 PM
try a sock with tape...just dont do it too tight!

January 8th, 2011, 06:19 PM
ill give that a shot


January 9th, 2011, 10:09 AM
this is all i could find locally...

any idea about this stuff?

i put some on, he tried to lick it off but i caught him and now im watching him so he doesnt.

January 9th, 2011, 11:22 AM
I wouldn't worry to much about wrapping the paw, just keep an eye on it. Autumns had a few cracked pads this winter from playing in the yard. On what I call sharp snow, she never noticed but as soon as I noticed blood on the snow we came inside.

She has muttluks that we wear on walks and they're great but not so good for playing as she can wipe out too easily and I worry about her hurting a hip or something. So you could give those a try for walking, it will keep the paws protected and you can slather on the balm you just got before putting them on. The walk and the boots will help work the stuff into the pads.

The stuff you got is good it is the same as "bag balm" but something better is a product called "Mushers Secret". Just got it for Autumn and within a week has already made a huge difference in her pads, non-toxic, put it on before going outside as needed,( as it also works like and invisable boot).

January 9th, 2011, 11:32 AM
Dustybird thanks for that link! I will look into that one I said my dogs pads are horrible...:thumbs up

January 9th, 2011, 01:20 PM
Arch cut his pad in the fall, and I was told just to keep it clean and wear a baby sock (great size) for walks, and if he licks it put the sock on.

I did clean it for a couple of days warm water and a bit of epson salt ( make sure he/she doesn't drink any of it) and within a week it was much much better.

pads seem to heal very fast, thank goodness.

January 9th, 2011, 08:02 PM

quick FYI on the stuff i bought

cash ended up licking some of it off his foot im pretty sure - after our walk.

he puked like 3-4

yea, not so sure about that vet balm.

use with caution.

he seems OK though.

January 9th, 2011, 08:13 PM
The Mushers Secret ( uses non-toxic ingredients, if you can find some of that. Here are the dealers for Maine from their website ( ....


Belfast Coop Store 207-338-2532 Belfast
Foster's Family Pet Center Belfast 207-338-4480
Loyal Biscuit Co. 207-594-5269 Rockport
Lymanís Farm Store 207-238-9209 Fairfield
Pawsitively Pet Supplies & Training 207-935-1593 Fryeburg
The Animal House 207-563-5595 Damariscotta

January 9th, 2011, 11:09 PM
Yes, the foot pads need to be moisturized and protected.
In the old days we used Vaseline (petroleum jelly) with a sock and masking tape so it wouldn't get all over the floors.
Good Luck.