How To Treat Dog Paw Infection & Injuries At Home?

Signs and Symptoms of Dog Paw Injuries

Dogs can receive an injury to their paw in numerous ways, be it inside the house or out. Just think, have you ever stepped on a carpet staple that was not nailed down all the way? This is an easy way for your dog to injure their paw inside your home.

Broken glass, sharp objects like metal, rocks, and plastic can all cause injury to your dog’s paws. Signs of an injured paw can range from licking the injury to a full-on limp or not being able to put weight on the paw at all. Torn, ripped or broken toenails can also cause your dog extreme pain.

Be sure to trim your dog’s nails regularly, as long nails can easily turn into a torn nails. Torn nails are extremely painful for dogs and they can cause a lot of bleeding. If you are wary of trimming your dog’s nails, try using a Dremel tool to make your life easier. A Dremel tool allows you to electrically file down your dog’s nails and avoid possibly cutting too close to the quick.

Swelling, bleeding, whining, licking and lameness can all be signs that your dog has a paw injury. If the injury is not readily apparent make sure to look between the toes for an object that may have become lodged in the skin. Insect bites or stings can also be a cause of irritation or pain for your pet, make sure to remove any stingers that may be left behind if they are stung by a bee.

Hot temperatures and blacktop are other areas to approach with caution. If you can, take your dog for a walk before or after the heat of the day. Getting up before the pavement begins to heat up can help you avoid blisters from forming on your dog’s paws because of the scorching hot surface.

During cold weather, make sure to check your dog’s paws for possible cracks caused by dryness. There are several products available that will be suitable to use on the pads of dogs’ paws to keep them moisturized and crack-free to help prevent discomfort. Also, if you live in an area where de-icing is a regular occurrence during the winter, it is best to wipe off your pet’s paws with warm water. Many de-icing products can be toxic to pets if ingested, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

In the end, it all comes down to the severity of your dog’s paw injury. If the cut, scrape, tear, or another injury is superficial, you can most likely take care of it from the comfort of your own home. Warm water and antibacterial soap can work wonders for minor paw injuries and if necessary you can add a sterile bandage wrap to keep your pet from chewing on their paw or getting an infection. If the injury is a deep cut, tear, or puncture wound, visiting your vet is the best option so that you can avoid further complications. Learn how pet insurance can help you afford a vet bill when your dog is injured.

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