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Injured foot

January 14th, 2012, 03:28 PM
Our Belgian Tervuren has cut one of his pads 2 weeks ago and it's very slow healing because every time he steps on it it opens. We haven't taken him for a walk since. I started out putting Polysporin on it and bandage, but after a week we took him to a vet and she said not to put anything on it. Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how to speed up the healing? Thanks.

January 15th, 2012, 12:38 AM
Paw pad injuries can take a long time to heal because of the location. Many vets often do recommend not using bandages because exposure to the air can help speed healing. Others suggest wrapping gauze around it, secured with a bandage during the day when he is more active, and keeping it uncovered at night. If you wrap it, does he try to remove the bandage and does he try to lick at the injury or pretty much leave it alone? Hopefully someone else will have some better suggestions for you.

January 15th, 2012, 10:45 AM
Thanks for you reply. He leaves the bandage on and when it's off he licks at it. It's not red and bloody anymore, it looks like a scar of white, soft tissue.

January 15th, 2012, 09:20 PM
Paw injuries are tough and take a while to heal. I have found if you get the pup to soak his foot in salt water it really helps the healing. You can put one paw in a bowl or bucket or even just fill the bathtub a bit and have him stand in there. I usually continue walking my dogs unless they are in real discomfort but I put a bootie on the injured paw.

March 17th, 2012, 10:24 PM
Thank you all for your input. Cody's paw took about 4 weeks to heal, by February it was back to normal.

March 17th, 2012, 10:34 PM
Thank you for coming back and giving us an update on Cody. Would you care to share some pictures?????