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Old 04-18-2011, 11:02 AM
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Molson's lab friend Jasper's pad on his paw is falling off... what should his mom do? (pic below) I suggested polysporin and getting some vet wrap to keep it covered but really I have no idea.

She won't be able to get him into the vet for a few days because of her work schedule, but what would a vet do for this? Cut it off? Wrap it? He won't put much pressure on his paw but doesn't try to lick it or anything.


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Can someone else take him in to the vet? It looks like he needs stitches... o_O
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I think he has to go to the vet, that's a bad pad tear.
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Can someone else take him in to the vet? It looks like he needs stitches... o_O
Stitches? Can they really stitch a paw pad back on? I didn't think the skin could grow back onto it...
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Depending upon how fresh the wound is, they do stitch up pads. With one of our previous Goldens, the vet just cut off the torn part as it had already died and started drying up - much like when we get a cut and have that flap of dried skin. I might do as you suggested - clean the foot well, put the neosporin on it with some vet wrap just to keep it from tearing more and to give it some padding. Surprisingly, their pads do heal pretty quickly.
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With us we don't wait for the vet to wrap it. We get one adult to grab the dog and keep him/her still then another person wraps the paw with Elastic Adhesive Bandages. They don't stick to fur and they stretch so that the paw or limb can be used.

We had to do this when Buckeye hurt his paw outside. He has a bleeding disorder. So we used a combo of compression and Elastic Adhesive.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:51 AM
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Holy ouches! That is quite a paw splice! I thought vets can only stitch wounds if they're fairly fresh? Either way, I think that needs vet attention as it looks like it could get caught on something and rip the rest of the way off.
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Thanks for the posts. She called her vet and they said to keep it clean with salt water and cover it if he goes outside. The pad will fall off on its own and the skin underneath will harden up and make itself a new pad. She is taking him in at the end of the week for his heartworm test so the vet will take a look at it then to make sure there isn't any problems with letting it dry out on its own.
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Ouchies! I've never had to have stitches on my dog's pads before but yes, get him to the vet ASAP. Hope he heals up soon!
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omg.... how does that happen? And will I experience this with Bayne? I've never seen this in any dogs I've had growing up.
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