Dogs pads are really red and sore

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cowfacemonkey Thu 31-Jan-19 10:48:28

Just come back from a long run out in the field, very frosty underfoot and have noticed the pads on Ddogs front paws are red raw. He doesn't seem overly bothered, he licked them for a bit and I think they may have bled a small amount but he's sleeping now.

We didn't walk on any gritted pavements as field is just across the road so wondering if it's the hard frost that caused it. Is there any thing I can do for him at home or is it a vet visit do you think? I'm off work today so just wondering if I should try and get down there this afternoon?

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steppemum Thu 31-Jan-19 10:51:55

I think it is probably the frost, it was very hard this morning.

In my experience pads heal quite quickly unless they really lick at them. You might need to keep him in for a day or two.

I would phone the vet for advice and see wht they say (although I bet they say bring him in, ours always do)

Heyha Thu 31-Jan-19 10:54:21

I bet it's the frost. Check again after lunch I bet they'll look a lot better...if he's in no distress and they don't get any worse I don't think I'd even contact the vet at this point

cowfacemonkey Thu 31-Jan-19 10:56:24

Yeah our old vet surgery would have given advice over the phone they were great but we've had to move and I'm 99% certain the new one will say bring him in! Might phone anyway just to see if it's best to keep him in while they heal (that will be fun!)

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steppemum Thu 31-Jan-19 10:57:42

they might not even be as bad as you think, just red from cold

cowfacemonkey Thu 31-Jan-19 10:59:06

There are patches that look like the surface of the pad has worn off IYSWIM but I will see how he looks after lunch.

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onedayiwillmissthis Thu 31-Jan-19 11:04:05

Did you walk along any paths/roads that may have been salted/gritted?

The chemicals can cause irritation/burns. Best to wash paws after walk.


steppemum Thu 31-Jan-19 11:11:56

when we were away over New Year, my friend had Steppedog, apparently he had a sore paw one day, and they googled it. Found alovely recipe for bathing it involving camomile tea and vinegar. As they had both in the house, they bathed his paw, and it really helped.
By the time we picked him up next day it was fine

adaline Thu 31-Jan-19 12:18:09

It'll be the cold weather - I always was paws after walks in winter and apply paw balm if it's been really cold and hard underfoot.

Nesssie Thu 31-Jan-19 12:26:26

Did he skid at any point? I noticed my dogs pads were raw once and thinking back realised we were playing ball which he runs full pelt and then skids to a halt.

Otherwise, I would suggest either the frost, or over licking. Should be fine, keep an eye for licking, reluctance to walk or limping.

cowfacemonkey Thu 31-Jan-19 12:52:19

Oh yes lots of running, skidding and rough and tumble with other dogs. Will see if I can pick up paw balm and make sure to wash his feet after walks.

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adaline Thu 31-Jan-19 13:09:26

You get it from Amazon for not much money - I also find Manuka honey to be really good on cuts and grazes. Mine cut his paw pad last week and the cut is nearly gone after 2-3 days using it. Someone recommended it to me on Facebook and I'll always make sure I have some in now!

steppemum Thu 31-Jan-19 14:02:58

adaline - I hope I'm not disappointing you by telling you that 80% of manuka honey sold is not actually manuka? You may as well buy ordinary, it will work the same

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