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Any experience of a badly cut paw pad?

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Bubble2bubble Mon 16-Nov-15 13:14:33

Poor DDog came back from our walk with a deep cut to one of his front pads ( clean slice, like a glass cut )
He had to be sedated and stitched and the vet has recommended complete house rest for a couple of weeks to ensure it heals well before allowing him any free running again.
He's a big lad with a real need for speed and is going to be very, very sad at home.
Not that I don't trust our vet, but wondered if anyone successfully used those paw boots to protect a cut paw ? even a lead walk would be better than nothing or it will be a very long couple of weeks...

fluffysticks Mon 16-Nov-15 14:10:20

Fluffydog has recently recovered from a badly cut paw pad. His cut was glued together then we had complete rest for 3 weeks. Once it was healed and he was allowed out on lead walks I used a paw boot just to protect it for another week or so. He was fed up not going out, would cry at the front door, but I think it was worth it to get the paw fully healed. We did lots of training, all of his food was used to play games, just to tire him out mentally.Hope your boy makes a good recovery.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Mon 16-Nov-15 15:01:13

I tried a paw boot once. Never again. Bloody thing didn't last five minutes. Would have been better bandaging it up.

Noitsnotteatimeyet Mon 16-Nov-15 15:05:09

Ddog had a deep glass cut in his pad in the summer - it was stitched up but the stitches didn't hold as it was in a really awkward place. The problem with walking on it is that's putting pressure on the stitches and wound so it will take much longer to heal - it's worth resting him completely now. Our dog was not quite 2 and he's a high-energy dog but he coped surprisingly well

LumelaMme Mon 16-Nov-15 15:26:18

Our bog dog has twice sliced a pad open. Once the vet stitched it, and once we dealt with it ourselves. We lead walked him both time (like yours, he'd has a need for speed!). The first time round, the vet gave us an old IV bag, with holes cut along the top and a bit of bandage threaded through as a dressing protector for use during walks (his paw was all bandaged up). The second time round, I think we used that till it broke, and then a paw boot (which was later used to destruction by a friend's dog).

It all depends where the cut is: right across a pad, not so bad; anywhere where it's limey to be pulled open by the motion of walking, less good.

Bubble2bubble Mon 16-Nov-15 15:28:03

Thanks all. That's pretty much what the vet said. As its deep, it's the soft tissue underneath which needs the time to heal. Also if he stays in the house he can potter about without a dressing which will also be good for healing.
He will be crying when I take the other three out for walks, poor sad Ddog sad

JoffreyBaratheon Tue 17-Nov-15 10:41:24

Many years ago our long departed, darling staffy cut her pad on some ice, of all things, (or glass in the snow, not sure). It healed faster than we expected but she did need to not be charging about, to let it heal. Dog might just have to suck it up. Some sedate toys and games indoors? Kongs, etc?

frenchiepup Tue 17-Nov-15 17:06:45

My mother in laws GSD cut her paw on a piece of flint and needed deep stitches etc. Our vet said can walk around the place calmly and to crate if likely to become excited (eg when visitors come, or your not around to supervise). On lead at all times for a slow walk around the garden for a wee and poop only. Her paw took approximately 6 weeks to fully heal before she could go back to proper walks etc. We used a boot for her when she went outside to protect the healing paw

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