Paw pad injury and questions
I picked up my schnauzer from daycare today and right away noticed some off strides when she was "trotting" but she's sound when she walks (sorry I'm a horse person) She's not consistantly lame, and not always in the same foot. So I looked at all 4 paws and each one had a small circular abrasion on it. On 2 feet the pad is still there,but I can tell that the edges of the circle are torn. Like is you removed the top of a tin soup can almost all the way. The skin is still there and attached.. and on the ohter 2 feet the layer of pad (skin) was completely gone, leaving a little circle. It's like she wore off the first thick layer of pad skin. Her pads are grey, the area that was abraded is still grey. Daycare is on rubber matts, and my dog plays hard all day long.
She is not bleeding. She is not licking them. She is not concerned at all. But she does limp every odd now and then.
So are these tears? Abrasions? How best to treat? Vet is closed tomorrow. I can take her in on Monday. Do I need to worry? Do anything? Or just give her time to heal? And no more walking on the road until she heals.
I was supposed to do a trial board for the day and night tomorrow. It's a place that had indoor crates/kennels and a large 2 acre fenced in play yard. She'd be out in the yard playing hard most of the day there.... But think I'll keep her home. Problem is that I leave the country on vacation in 2 weeks in early April. She's never been boarded. And I need to know if this place is going to work out for her or not. I'll be boarding her in April for 10 days.
I am gone all day tomorrow. My MIL is here to watch my 3yo daughter. She can watch the dog, but dog will have to be kept up in one room for the entire day. Long story there. If I could board her for the day I would. But I'm not sure that I should.
Re: Paw pad injury and questions
Poor pup. I'm wondering, do they take the dogs on walks at all at the daycare? Could they have been playing in a tennis court or other paved area while out? I think the daycare needs to be questioned (not interrogated) about the injuries because that IS what this is. I would try to keep the abrasions clean, do a betadine soak, some poly or neosporin and baby socks or booties for a couple of days to keep the dirt away. Other than that I wouldn't worry about the pads..they will heal. Cracker had two pad slices and a slight impalement on a twig last month (yeah it was a bad week for Cracker's feet..too much ice at the park) and they healed up fine with some first aid.
Re: Paw pad injury and questions
no dogs are inside all day long 8:30 am to 5pm. They are in a large room, same room I went to for dog obed class the day before. The floors are all matts. Same stuff they had at our local YMCA in the weight/cardio equip room. She's been to day care last week and in past months there with no issues.
Originally Posted by Cracker
I have recently upped our walks in the neighborhood. (walking on asphalt roads) So I wonder if that is also a cause? We went from 2 weeks down time and no walking (recover from spay surgery) , to 15 min walks per day, then 2 30 min walks a day then a hour walk int he am and a 30 min walk in the pm. I wonder if htat added to the problem?
Vet is open this am, but I leave town @10. I won't be able to drive out (30 min) then drive back in time.....