Earlier this spring we offered an ounce of prevention regarding scuffed paws.
But, by the looks of our increased visits with patients presenting with this painful problem, it appears like this predicament is inevitable this time of year.
So, how to give a paw a hand?
If you detect lameness caused by deep blisters on pads, cracked paw pads or torn nails, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Minor pad injuries can be treated by washing with an antibacterial soap – treats to encourage cooperation may help.
Inspect the area for a thorn or other embedded material and carefully remove with tweezers. Disinfect with betadine and prevent infection by applying Neosporin. Discourage licking by wrapping the paw in gauze with a loose bandage. Change the bandage daily.
There are products available to help protect from paw injury.
Call us to chat about what is best for your best friend.