Essential Tips: What To Do For Injured Dog Pads

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Injured paw pads can cause immense pain and hamper your pet's ability to walk, play and live a comfortable life. But the good news is that you don’t have to just stand by helplessly and watch - there are steps you can take towards proper management of dog pad injuries that can help bring some relief for your pup. 

Although it isn't as common as cuts or broken nails, injuries to paw pads are still a possibility you should bear in mind when walking your four-legged friend. If not treated properly and promptly enough, these seemingly small injuries may develop into serious issues that could pose a risk to your dog's well-being in the future. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what owners need to know about how dogs use their paws and how they become injured so that everyone involved can have peace of mind while playing fetch with Fido.

Dogs Paw Pads Physiology

Paw pads are thick, keratinized layers that provide structure to the foot and act as a shock absorber while also providing traction with surfaces. The color of a dog's paw pads can vary from black or gray to pink or greyish-brown depending on breed, genetics, coat color, and age. Understanding specific health concerns related to paw pad anatomy is vital for helping our furry pals remain safe throughout their lives!

Dogs may seem like simple creatures, but the anatomy of their paws is quite complex. Their paw pads are an adaptation that helps both with mobility and protection. In terms of physiology and anatomy, every dog's paw pad is a bit different. General and basic paw pad care are essential for all, no matter what. 

Common Paw Pad Injuries and Causes 

The most common dog paw pad injuries and issues in dogs include dryness, cracking, redness and inflammation, ulcerations or sores, foreign objects stuck in the pads, splinters or thorns lodged in their feet, yeast infections, bacterial infections, and more. All these ailments can directly affect how your pup walks or runs and can even lead to further complications if left untreated for too long. In this section, we shall discuss a few common paw pad problems in dogs and their underlying causes. 

  1. Cracks and Dryness

Injured paw pads in dogs, such as cracked or dry pads, can be painful and uncomfortable for your pet. This is often caused by overexposure to extreme weather conditions; cold or hot environments can leave the paw pads especially vulnerable to drying and cracking since these areas are without fur. 

  1. Microbial Infections 

Common paw problems in dogs can often be caused by microbial infections such as bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Most likely, these microbes were acquired from the environment after coming into contact with moist soil or grass, both of which can contain large numbers of microorganisms that can cause infection. 

  1. Irritants and Allergens 

Allergens, irritants, and other environmental factors can cause discomfort and irritation in your pup’s paws, resulting itchiness and pain. Since the pads are constantly exposed to the ground and whatever is living there, it's easy for harmful bacteria or mites to get stuck between them. It can also happen when coming into contact with an object that has been contaminated with allergens such as pollen or chemicals. Inspecting your dog’s paws regularly will help you identify any signs of infection early on, allowing you to provide quick treatment and relief.

  1. Malnutrition 

Paw pads are exposed to the elements and can wear down due to running, walking on hard surfaces, or contact with irritants such as hot or cold pavement. Overly long nails can also lead to painful issues if left untreated. Poor diet and malnutrition are other causes of paw pad trouble since a lack of vitamins leads to brittle or dry pads, which do not heal quickly when damaged. If you notice any changes in texture on your pet’s paw pads, try a healing paw conditioner. If the condition worsens or you see signs of infection, take them to the vet immediately for an evaluation.

  1. Burns and sores 

When it comes to dogs, common paw pad problems such as burns and sores can be painful but often preventable. Burns can range in severity from mild pain or irritation to serious damage that requires medical attention. Additionally, sores can result from cuts or abrasions or even foreign objects that become embedded in their paws. 

  1. Long nails 

While long nails are a necessary part of grooming, they can also damage a dog's paw pads if not kept at the correct length. A healthy length for your pup's nails should allow them to touch the ground when standing but not curl around under the paw pad. Therefore, it is important to regularly check your pet's nail length and paw pads throughout the year to be comfortable and pain-free.

To keep your pup's paws safe, inspect them regularly and, if necessary, use protective gear such as paw pads when hiking or walking on hot pavement. Keeping current with vaccinations is also a great way to protect your pup against infections or illnesses that may be caused by paw pad problems. By taking these steps, you'll give your canine companion the best chance at healthy paws for years to come!

How to Recognize Paw Pad Problems

Paw pad problems in dogs can be diagnosed by paying close attention to their behavior. Knowing how to recognize paw pad problems in dogs is essential for ensuring your pup stays fit and healthy. From minor cuts to more serious injuries, here are some signs that your pup may have a problem with its paw pads. 

  • Look out for excessive licking of their paw pad, limping or hopping while walking, struggling to put weight on the affected paw, and potentially even vocalizing while applying pressure on the pad. 
  • Take a look at your dog’s paws on occasion. The skin should be soft and supple - any signs of dryness or cracking may indicate dehydration or overuse. 
  • Pay attention to any lumps or bumps on their pads, as these could indicate inflammation, infection, or even skin cancer! Swelling around the area is another sign that there may be a problem.
  • Excessive chewing of their paws could also point toward discomfort caused by allergies or injury.

If any of these symptoms are present, bring your dog to the vet as soon as possible so they can get back to feeling comfortable and happy with all four paws on the ground!

Treatment and Care for Injured Dog Pads

Injured paw pads that have been healed with PawPurity Healing Paw Conditioner

Taking care of paw pad injuries in dogs doesn't have to be difficult, but it does require a bit of extra effort. When an injury occurs on the pads, the first step is cleaning and dressing the wound with a saline solution and sterile padding. PawPurity offers a Healing Paw Conditioner that is 100% natural and organic that is known to get minor injured paw pads back in good shape within days as shown in the image above. This conditioner is chock full of natural antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and antifungals. It works quickly. Depending on the severity of the injury, prescribed antibiotics or other treatments may be recommended by your vet. As additional care, you should also plan to keep your dog off their dog pad injured as much as possible so that they don't put a strain on them during their recovery process. Lastly, regular checkups with your vet will ensure that the treatment is correct and that your pup is recovering properly. Follow the below-mentioned steps to properly care for your dog's paw pads. 

First Aid for Injured Dog Paw Pads at Home 

  1. Clean the wound 

Taking care of an injured canine at home can be daunting, but it can be done with proper preparation and information. The very first step in providing first aid to a dog with injured paw pads is to clean the wound. This should involve running warm water over the affected area before using a mild shampoo or saline solution on the pad itself.

  1. Apply an antibiotic ointment

After cleaning, apply PawPurity's Healing Paw Conditioner. It absorbs quickly and starts bringing your pet's paws back to good shape immediately. You can apply it as often as you need. If your dog has open wounds, you may want to also cover it with a non-stick gauze pad and very light wrap to keep debris from entering the raw area. When applying the ointment, wear protective gloves and use only a small amount.

"I took Babylon up to the snow at Mt. Charleston where he played with his dog pal Dutchess. He was only in the snow for a few minutes so I thought nothing of it until we got back. He couldn't walk and his paws were raw and bloody. A friend gave me some of her PawPurity Healing Paw Conditioner and in two days he was walking again. In three, his paw's were back to normal. Actually even better."

Owen Wedell, Hair Stylist & Dog Lover

3. Check the bandage regularly

It's also important to check their bandages regularly for signs of contamination or fraying. If you do find something that doesn't quite look right, don't hesitate to make any changes necessary—like changing out the bandage and replacing it with a new one. 

Next, gently cover the wound with gauze, then secure it with medical tape or an adhesive bandage. We recommend reading "How to Wrap a Dog's Paw" on Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips website blog. Also, avoid letting your pet lick their paw if possible, as this could dislodge the bandage or cause further dog pad paw injury. Keeping their paws dry also helps prevent additional complications related to infection—just make sure to thoroughly dry their paws off after outdoor excursions or bathing them. Then, with proper first aid and careful monitoring, you'll get your pup back on its feet in no time!

  1. Plenty of rest until the injured paw pads are healed 

While minor abrasions may heal themselves, more severe dog pad paw injuries such as tears or burns need medical attention and intervention. If you are treating a minor injury at home, the first step is to keep your dog from running around too much. Although this may sound cruel, it is necessary to give your pup plenty of rest and limit their activity until the pads have healed completely. In addition, ensure that your puppy wears booties when walking outdoors on rough surfaces so that further damage does not occur.

When to Contact the Vet? 

If you are ever in doubt, avoid caution and contact a veterinarian for advice. Paw pad injuries can range from minor tears to fractures to more severe injuries that may require surgery and/or hospitalization. If your dog is limping or cannot bear weight on a paw, if there is any bleeding or swelling, if the injured area looks at all unusual, or if your pet seems to be in pain when touched– reach out to a veterinary professional immediately. Any delay in care could lead to further complications for your beloved companion.

Final Words

In conclusion, caring for injured dog paw pads is an important but delicate process. It requires patience, understanding, and a bit of elbow grease. Taking these essential tips into consideration can help you care for your pup and get them back on its paws in no time. Remember always to consult your vet if you're ever unsure about what to do next. After all, our fur babies need us to be as vigilant as possible regarding their health.

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