Hunter has had a few pad injuries in the past. Usually a puncture wound. Yesterday he cut a pad almost in half on something in the woods. I cleaned it and put some syptic powder and wound kote spray, then bandaged it up. He is limping of course now on the second day. I was wondering if anyone knows a quicker way to help it heal. It was not bad enough for a vet visit or I would have taken him in I assure you. Is there a way to toughen them up? Or is this something that happens alot? Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Can you use the "glue" to close up the wound...I know that bowlers us it to cover up blisters, but I don't know if you can get the good stuff that is used in hospitals instead of stitches, I don't know if you can get it in the store. Seven always cuts his pads, especially in the snow & ice...so much that we even tried the dog booties, but he won't keep them on. Apparently they are tooo much fun to play with ;-)
Thanks guys. I will try tomorrow with the glue. We soaked it tonight and cleaned it out good. We put neosporin in it. We got some butterfly stitches to try first. If that doesn't do it I will try to glue it. The hardest part is trying to keep him still to rest it. That's like trying to hold an airplane down with fishing line! He is wanting to play so bad, even with only 3 legs to run on.
FWIW I personally like just leaving the wound to dry out a bit after it's cleaned up and just glue if needed. As long as it's kept dry and goopless, it seems like they heal up pretty fast. A fleece boot may come in handy though.
I also use Tuff Foot on my dogs. It's hard to keep them from licking when there is a cut/torn pad. I've used old socks on their feet to keep them from licking at it if they really agrivated the wound. It works for a while, then they manage to pull the sock off and lick off the meds. I also picked up some booties which they hate to wear . There are a number of pad repair meds on the market............................markerdown
I've been through a lot of these. With the last one I tried all sorts of things to speed up the healing. None of them worked. I tried wound-kote, wonder dust, super glue, vet bond, shoe goo, neosporin and a few others. The best thing I found is to put neosporin on it and cover it. Change it daily until it stops oozing. Once it remains dry on it's own then stop covering it and let heal. Pads heal suprisingly fast but it's never fast enough when you've got a hunt coming up.
If you have to take him out after it's stopped oozing, shoe goo does a wonderful job of helping. But, if you put something like that on it when it's still oozing you stand a good chance of it getting infected.