For the second time in a month, the spaniel has cut his pad open. I don't know what he's doing it on, and he shows no sign of being injured until we get home. After bleeding splattily all over the patio and offering his paw with a sad whine, I had a look and he has sliced his toe. Not massively deeply, but deep enough to need bandaging. The last 3 times he has done this, I have taken him to the vet and paid £60 for them to clean it, check it and bandage it. So I thought I'd have a go myself. I've cleaned it, put a little bit of antiseptic cream on it, put a gauze pad around his foot, crepe bandaged it, sticky bandaged it, and now he's wearing his space boot. He is limping and glaring at me, like it's my fault he never looks where he's going. I had to jet wash blood off the French doors <glares at spaniel>
No, don't think it needs stitching. We walk through woodland and fields, so he could have sliced it on a million different things. He's so full throttle when he's out that he doesn't even break stride. He'll love the sedate lead walks he has to have until it's healed <sigh>
Poor dog. My dog rips the skin off his pads after about 5 minutes of off lead running, sometimes really badly. The vet said that wounds on feet pads are unlikely to get infections because of good blood flow.
Count yourself lucky. The last cut on my own spaniels pad was so deep it involved a general, very many trips to the vet, and no walking for FOUR, yes FOUR weeks. This is a spaniel who runs around like a nutter for over 2 hours a day. He became depressed and fat.
This was only about a month ago, so there's a level of being pissed off with him still.
Pad took ages to heal over, and still is thin in parts, due to said spaniel charging around all over and putting the brakes on the front paw all the while.
FOUR WEEKS?!?! One of us would end up dead. Thing is, for an animal who loathes the vet and shivers, shakes and drools the entire time we're there, he doesn't half like injuring himself. I wonder if it's a spaniel thing <mulls>
Definitely a spaniel thing, judging by the number of times ours has been to the vet in his short 18 month life. He too now quivers and quakes at our vet.
The lack of walking wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be, I just felt so so sorry for him, he lives to fling himself around with no thought for safety or potential injury, as I said, it may not be actually possible in a dog, I thought he was actually depressed.