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Old 01-22-2014, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sookie cut her paw pad - is this a trip to the vet or home care? I have put antibiotic ointment on it and bandaged it up. If it gets worse or puss-filled I will obviously bring her in, but should I do so now?
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would not take her in for that. Just keep in clean. Might try some Silver Shield gel on it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Gus had one almost same....I soaked in epsom salt daily to keep clean and applied Vetricyn...closed and scabbed in 2 days.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree. Should be fine.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would Google" Well Horse" I've used it and it works...well! But I would say no.

Our Gunther BullMastiff/Pitmix specialized in cut paws! That doesn't even look long or deep enough for stitches. The Well Horse is something I keep on hand the neo will work for your needs but keeping it coated will be tricky. Limiting his activity for a few days would be helpful also.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I brought my dog in for a cut like that, only deeper. My vet said to keep it clean and watch it - like what you're already doing. He also said pads aren't something he likes to stitch because putting weight on them will pull the stitches out anyway, creating more problems.
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I think you are fine with the current approach. I would keep a bandage off in the house if it is not bleeding just to keep air to it. Don't wrap it in vetwrap; the feet sweat and it does not breathe real well. Toddler tube socks are great for keeping feet clean - I just secure over the wrist or the hock with vetwrap.
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Barker the Elder came in the house one morning with blood splattering - deep cut on the pad. Called the vet. Pack it with generic or band name preparation H (stops the capilary bleeding), add some triple antibiotic and that's it. Clean it if it gets dirty outside (or inside). You could call your vet and ask what they think of this approach. They should be fine with it and be willing to talk to you over the phone.
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Preparation H stops bleeding? Wow.....will be adding that yo my first aid kid.
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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In the event of a deep cut, use Super-Glue. It was initially eyed as an emergency field fix for soldiers deep wounds. Sure it's a little toxic and probably not the best solution to a deep cut, but if bleeding is out of control anything is better than nothing.

Banjo once decided to leap through a plate glass window. It slashed one of his pads, close to the bone, probably 1/2" deep. The blood flow was astonishing. I glued him up, wrapped the paw and carted him to the e-vet. Vet had a look and pretty much said it was as good as stitches because pads are such a PITA to deal with. I kept his paw swaddled up(man, that was rough, he gnawed the wrap every time I wasn't on top of him) and after about a week he was back to his normal doggie nonsense. Took abut 3 years for the scar to vanish completely.
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