A dog’s paw is critical part to its survival. The paw is the toughest part of the skin and absorbs shock. So naturally a paw injury can be severely debilitating to a dog. A paw injury is like having an injury to the soles of our feet and our hands. A dog paw injury should be immediately taken care of.
The injuries a dog can obtain are abrasions, lacerations, punctures, burns and blisters, dryness, cracked pads and objects lodged between the toes. The mentioned injuries if not treated can easily worsen and be prone to bacterial infection. What results from the injuries is bleeding, limping, holding the injured paw off the ground, discoloration of the pad and excessive licking and/or chewing of the paw.
Dogs are outside in an unpredictable environment so the probability of something happening to its paw eventually is high. As the care giver of the animal it is your responsibility to examine the dog regularly for injuries and also provide the right care to its injury. The first step to healing a dog’s paw is to clean the wound. Then bandage the paw with about 2-3 layers of bandage. The next step is caring for the wound. This means putting a plastic bag or wrap for outside visits. Not allowing stress being applied to the paw. Antibiotic cream and soap should be applied to the wound twice a day and then disinfected with betadine and newly wrapped again. If the dog begins to chew or lick the bandage an Elizabethan collar or a e-collar would prevent the dog from dog from damaging the paw. If these precautions aren’t working then it is critical to take the dog to the vet for further analysis and help.
Natural pet remedy is growing in popularity like natural dog cream. A natural Paw repair cream is excellent for damaged paws. Two key ingredients in the cream for a speedy recovery are Neem and propolis.