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How serious is a cut paw-pad under a dogs front foot

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How serious is a cut paw-pad under a dogs front foot? How should I treat it? At what point is it wise to seek medical attention?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
The main thing is to keep it clean. You can clean the area off with Betadine iodine solution or Hydrogen Peroxide and then coat the area with Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic ointment.
If you want to keep the ointment off your floors you can put a sock on her and tape it around her leg - vet wrap is best for that as it comes off without pulling the hair.
You can put a section of a stick on feminine hygiene pad over the sore area before putting the sock on for extra padding for the foot. It will stick to the sock once you pull the sock up and should stay in place pretty well if the sock stays on.
I'd clean and medicate the foot twice a day.
You can even soak the foot in warm Epsom Salts solution before cleaning and treating it to help with healing.
If you see signs of infection then see your vet as you may also need oral antibiotics.
If this doesn't show improvement from treatment see your vet as there are autoimmune diseases which can cause paw lesions that need vet treatment to help the pads heal.
The paw pads do heal over time but she may be tender for a bit.
Hope this helps you!