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My dog was chasing a ball on concrete and torn a pad. It's

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My dog was chasing a ball on concrete and torn a pad. It's not off completely but torn. We are home in th AC cooling off and he's not whimpering but he is licking it
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

So sorry to hear your dog has a wound! I can definitely give you recommendations to minimize infection and reduce healing time but if there is any discharge or it is not healing then please have your vet evaluate the lesion to ensure additional medication is not warranted. You may have to go to your veterinarian tomorrow to have the residual pad that is torn removed safely

1.) No licking! Please put a sock on the foot to prevent her from reaching the area. Licking introduces oral bacteria to the area and can increase risk of inflammation and infection

2.) Begin benadryl 1 mg/pound to reduce the itchiness and prevent him from wanting to lick as much

3.) Use ivory soap and water or dog oatmeal shampoo to the area twice daily with ten minute contact time before rinsing and tap dry

4.) I prefer to not apply salves or ointments because it traps in moisture to the area and reduces healing or delays healing time. If needed you can put a very thin layer of a triple antibiotic on the area after cleaning

5.) Remove any scabbing that occurs with healing. Again it also traps in moisture and then can actually abscess

6.) Limit activity. The more activity the more likely this wound will take longer to heal because the skin cannot heal in an active setting, particularly on the pad.

7.) Tomorrow likely will require a veterinary visit to trim the excess pad off. It will take a while for the pad to heal so restriction, no licking, and time will allow this to heal and hopefully back to playing with the ball again!

Please let me know if this information makes sense and any additional questions i can assist with or clarify today.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier.
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