Get Your Dog Care Questions Answered by Experts ASAP
Hello, I am sorry your dog is not feeling well.
hello. i think you are typing, so i am standing by...
Since it sounds like she feels pretty badly, won't get up to walk, sleeping more and keeps licking the wound I think that a trip to the ER is justified. This wound may need to be sutured closed, and some antibiotics and pain medicines would also be helpful. Since she is feeling so yucky, I really think that she cannot wait until tomorrow to be seen by her regular vet. Nothing you can put on this at home will give her the relief she needs, and often times using topical ointments only encourages licking. If you absolutely cannot manage a trip to the ER tonight, pick her up an e-collar from your local pet store to keep her from licking the wound. Keep her quiet and have her seen first thing in the morning. Pick up food at 10 this evening and pull water tomorrow morning just in case she needs to be anesthetized to have this wound cleaned and sutured. Don't use any cleansers or ointments (peroxide is a common choice but it is actually very harsh and damaging to tender tissue, causing more pain than good). Also avoid giving any medicines to control pain, because most of the over the counter meds available can be harmful if given in too high a dose. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. If this has been helpful, please hit the green accept button. Best of luck with your dog, I hope she feels better soon :)
are paw pad infections that dangerous. or do these symptoms (swollen paw pad, limping and white bristly texture) sound familiar with anything you have seen?
PS - there is no open wound, in that there is no blood. just a cracked bristly surface
Any infection can be dangerous, especially one involving the pad because of the fact that dogs walk all over with no covering on their feet. They walk through grass, dirt, feces, urine and whatever else is around. The pad of the foot can actually provide a protective cover for bacteria, providing a shelter that can allow it to multiply. This area can seal and become abscessed, or the tissue surrounding it can die. Usually when tissue is no longer healthy it will change colors, from red to purple to blue to black. Since there is no open wound and the pad is swollen, it is also possible that there is an autoimmune condition in which the body starts attacking the skin. Sometimes if a dog steps on something sharp, like a large splinter or thorn they can experience an abscess or wound that is not entirely visible, and sometimes a piece of this object is stuck inside the pad, causing the inflammation and pain. White and bristly tissue on the paw pad indicates tissue breakdown and damage, but does not necessarily indicate infection. To have peace of mind and to keep your dog as comfortable as possible, a vet will need to check out this area and determine the best course of action.