I take Sadie and Rusty out for daily walks. They like to explore and just like a child, they sometimes end up with bumps, scrapes or in Rusty’s case, a sore on his pad. Rusty has a minor abrasion on his left front paw. Many times when your dog gets a cut or scrape you can treat it yourself. If there happens to be a lot of blood or the wound appears to be deep, I would advise taking your dog straight to the vet.
The first thing I did when I noticed Rusty limping was to sit down and have him lay down. I looked at his paw and saw the injury. I made sure the area was clean. In Rusty’s case, I didn’t see any dirt or other debris. If there had been I would have soaked his foot in lukewarm water with Epsom salts for about ten minutes.
Then I used a clean gauze pad to apply some Betadine. You can also just pour a little Betadine directly over the wound itself. When I was finished with the Betadine. I allowed his paw to air-dry.
I put a bandage over the injury using rolled gauze, to keep it clean and prevent Rusty from licking it. After the gauze, I used athletic tape to keep the gauze in place. I also was careful to make sure the bandage was not too bulky, which would make Rusty more likely to try and pull it off.
g on your dog you may need to put an Elizabethan Collar on to keep him/her from taking the bandage off. Rusty doesn’t care about his bandage, so I do not have to worry about him taking it off.
Tomorrow I will take the bandage off and check the wound. I will make sure there is no swelling, redness or anything to indicate it has become infected.