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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Dogs paw pad is swollen and red at the bottom. Seems

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Dog's paw pad is swollen and red at the bottom. Seems like she injured it (thorn or cut) and keeps biting it, which makes it worse. How can we treat this?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.
HiCustomer

You care going to need to examine the pad closely and look for cuts or splinters between the toes and under the edges of the paws where they might be hidden from plain sight and hard for the dog to get at. If you find something such as splinter or rock, remove it. I suggest soaking the paw 2-3 times a day with warm water and epson salt, disinfecting with hydrogen peroxide and applying neosporin or triple antibiotic cream. I would then use a baby sock to keep the paw clean changing as it gets dirty. Buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5 mg per pound every 12 hours. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet. Read side effects and precautions here.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/acetylsalicylic-acid-aspirin/page1.aspx

If you do not see any improvement in a couple of days or it becomes swollen and inflammed, your Vet should see the dog.

Hope this helps.