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Ddog3 cutting her pads

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Largepiecesofcrookedwood Tue 16-Oct-18 10:36:40

Yet another of her little idiosyncrasies is her trotters. Firstly they're not to be looked at and secondly absolutely definitely not to be touched.
The issue is she manages to cut her pads on almost anything, which I suppose is now in some sort of vicious circle. Due to her long and chequered history of trotter damage I can now just about wrangle a dressing on them. I'm also permitted to very quickly bandage them before agility so long as I don't look at them too much
I'm researching pad hardener cream at the moment but it's suddenly struck me that I'm not actually sure if her pads are very hard or very soft (there's not that much of them in their natural state)
Any advice would be gratefully received to keep her mobile on all 4 feet at once smile

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Tue 16-Oct-18 11:03:14

What surfaces do you normally walk DDog on? My DDog spends a lot of time walking on tarmac, and can now quite literally walk over broken glass without noticing it. Dogs that walk mainly over natural surfaces tend to have softer, more vulnerable pads.

Has the vet checked for any underlying conditions that could contribute to this sort of thing?

Largepiecesofcrookedwood Tue 16-Oct-18 11:16:18

We live rurally so more grass than concrete, however she does approach everything at 100mph which means even soft grass is a treacherous surface hmm
She hasn't been checked by the vet, in all other instances she's fit and well (apart from her slightly ramshackle mental outlook on life)
A trip to the vet involves sedation and is still something akin to wrangling a greasy eel into a very small sack so we (us and the vets!) try and avoid it for all but absolute essentials <weeps>

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Wed 17-Oct-18 13:11:43

She does sound like she has excessively delicate pads if she's even managed to cut them on grass (are you sure there was no broken glass etc?)

I wonder about protective paw boots? I believe they're sometimes used for certain working dogs e.g. search and rescue. Of course, it's not going to improve the underlying softness so you'd find yourself fairly committed to the paw boots, but I wonder if it might be better than the current cycle you're stuck in.

Largepiecesofcrookedwood Wed 17-Oct-18 16:22:57

No, no glass. She's part Staffie, part whippet so has the speed and agility of a whippet, coupled with the enthusiasm and exuberance of a Staffie. Unfortunately she seems to have inherited the whippet feet which have to cart round a Staffie body on top mostly done at excessive speed
We'll try the pad hardener for a bit and perhaps bandage the trotters before walking.
The idea of me wrangling a pair of boots on her every time we leave the house.... dear god grin

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