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    Sore Footed Wet Weather??

    I had to scratch my dog from a competition this weekend. He was lame and it is clearly his feet.

    It has been very wet for.. what seems like forever but is really weeks. His feet dry out at night and when I am not at work (because he is inside with me). Anyway, the night before our competition I noticed he took a lame step.. left front. I looked at his feet and was disheartened to see what looked like abrasions on the tips of every toe pad (front and back feet). Three were actually raw looking on the lame foot. This is on the very tip of the digital toe pads below the nail and nail bed (the metacarpal and metatarsal pads are fine). It would be similar to the tips of human fingers. It looks like the dog's feet are "chapped."

    He has had his feet kept dry all weekend and is improving so I am blaming the wet weather on his issues.

    He sees a vet tomorrow so we are "on it" but I am wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience.
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    Re: Sore Footed Wet Weather??

    I have not had any similar experiences.

    Not sure how it could be connected solely to wet weather, perhaps you could explain. The obvious thing that comes to mind for me is excessive running on asphalt / pavement. Is it possible that you've inadvertently overdone your training for the AD event, and that maybe it's only affected those particular pads because they were not quite as tough as the others and were previously unconditioned? ie: as opposed to flatwork, a lot of uphill / downhill running recently which has suddenly altered the geometry of the contact area? Honestly, IDK. But that would be the first thing I'd consider as a potential cause.

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    Re: Sore Footed Wet Weather??

    Quote Originally Posted by petpeeve View Post
    I have not had any similar experiences.

    Not sure how it could be connected solely to wet weather, perhaps you could explain. The obvious thing that comes to mind for me is excessive running on asphalt / pavement. Is it possible that you've inadvertently overdone your training for the AD event, and that maybe it's only affected those particular pads because they were not quite as tough as the others and were previously unconditioned? ie: as opposed to flatwork, a lot of uphill / downhill running recently which has suddenly altered the geometry of the contact area? Honestly, IDK. But that would be the first thing I'd consider as a potential cause.
    Thank you for the response.

    I would say that too, except that other dogs in similar training have been fine. BUT they are house dogs (during the day) and mine has been in an outdoor kennel days and it has rained.. and rained .. and rained.. and then, for something new, rained some more.

    I talked to the vet and showed her his feet. She said he was the 4th dog this spring with the same issue (and he is the only one that was training for his AD). I told her that I kept the feet dry and once a day for 4 days I treated his feet by using a drop of Zymox (for ears) on the tip of each toe pad. She said that the use of the Zymox was more than appropriate and showed I was thinking "outside the box" and she may adopt this treatment in the future. She agreed it was all the wet and the fact the dog was in an outside kennel days.. and would not use the dry places in his kennel (like the dog house or the area under cover that is dry).

    Upshot is that as of today with nearly a week of rest and being kept dry he is finally sound walking on gravel and his feet look fine. We trained a little on the back lawn night before last and he was driven.. and extreme and clearly has missed working. We will be back in full work this weekend and he will only be in the outside kennel if it isn't going to rain.

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