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PootLevato Thu 22-Mar-18 18:29:44

Got home after being out all day with the boy and he started limping slightly when we got in. Both of his back paws look like they’ve had a layer taken off them.

Cannot think how he has done it, I’ve got the vets booked for tomorrow morning and I’ve given him a wash and put some sudocreme on them (vets advice).

Is there anything else I can do? Any ideas what’s caused it? One paw I could understand but both back ones have baffled me!

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SilverHairedCat Thu 22-Mar-18 18:30:34

Could be chemical burns from all the grit and salt on the roads and pavements at the moment. Very common. Will find a link.

SilverHairedCat Thu 22-Mar-18 18:31:34

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/grit-pets-dangerous-salt-pain-paws-kidney-damage-rspca-warning-a8236036.html

missbattenburg Thu 22-Mar-18 18:55:30

Almost certainly (and hopefully) just a scuff or chemical burn... but worth also refreshing your knowledge of alabama rot - especially if you've been walking in damp grass and woodland.

PootLevato Thu 22-Mar-18 18:56:59

Thanks for that, does look like it could be it. I didn’t even think of that! We haven’t had snow here for a couple of weeks but I suppose he could have stepped in a leftover bit.

Anyone know how long it takes to heal/get better?

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rascallyrascal Thu 22-Mar-18 18:58:17

Mine's paws do this when he runs for a ball on tarmac. He skids and skins his paws. Hope he is better soon.

PootLevato Thu 22-Mar-18 18:58:19

Yeah I did read up on Alabama Rot and asked the vets over the phone, they said no known cases of it affecting pads, apparently skin lesions only.

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missbattenburg Thu 22-Mar-18 19:01:08

PootLevato that's interesting info re A. Rot.

Hope the poop pup gets better soon xx

teaiseverything Thu 22-Mar-18 19:01:50

Right, my dog has vasculitis meaning the blood supply to the outside of each paw pad is very poor. So, I'm a bit of a pro at this grin

If any parts are particularly raw looking, I'd clean thoroughly with warm water and an old face cloth (nothing fibrous) and pop a bit of manuka honey on there and bandage up. Once they start to heal a bit, use this stuff to toughen up the pads a bit www.amazon.co.uk/Mushers-Secret-Paw-Protector-Grams/dp/B0002XIZXY?tag=mumsnetforum-21 for a couple of weeks and once they've healed over, start using this regularly (a few times a week) www.amazon.co.uk/Snout-Soother-Natural-Company-Chapped/dp/B00IEDA5S2?tag=mumsnetforum-21

The worst bit is keeping them busy while the pads are healing because they can't be running around off leash when they're like that. I've found in the long term that grass is best avoided when it's a wet day or early in the morning when there's lots of dew.

missbattenburg Thu 22-Mar-18 19:08:06

POOR pup (not poop pup blush)

PootLevato Thu 22-Mar-18 19:10:23

Thanks everyone for making me worry less, I’ll report back after the vets tomorrow and let you know what they say.

He doesn’t seem to be in any pain and is walking normally now so I’m hoping it’ll be a quick recovery smile

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PootLevato Thu 22-Mar-18 19:11:13

Poop pup is incredibly accurate to describe him on a usual day grin

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Ylvamoon Thu 22-Mar-18 20:57:02

Just a note for the future... I use paw wax for my dogs. It seems to help with all the salt and gritt.

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