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Dog Paw Bleeding

 Submitted by Michael Adams on May 10, 2010

The footpads of a dog are the toughest area of skin and work well in absorbing shock and strain on the joints from walking and standing. Since they are used so much, they are vulnerable to injuries. It is important to include regular dog paw care into the routine care regimen of the dog.

Some common dog paw injuries include burns, blisters, lacerations, abrasions, dryness and cracking. Sometimes, foreign objects may even become lodged in the regions between the toes. Dog paw bleeding is one of the symptoms of a paw injury.

Other symptoms include limping and discoloration of the foot pad. The dog may also begin to chew or lick the affected paw excessively. If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a veterinarian and have the problem identified. It is important to exercise care and caution when handling a dog with an injury. Even normally mild mannered canines, may resort to biting if he is experiencing pain or is feeling threatened by someone touching him. You can place a muzzle on the dog to prevent yourself from getting bitten. There are several blood vessels present in the footpads of a dog and any kind of puncture, abrasion or laceration may result in considerable bleeding. Once the wound is treated, the bleeding should stop. If the bleeding continues, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian immediately in order to prevent dog paw infection from developing.

If the cut is small, you can administer dog paw first aid yourself. Cleanse the area with a solution of antibacterial soap and water. Then wrap a bandage around the paw. Having the dog wear an Elizabethan collar around the neck will prevent him from chewing or licking the paw. Canines perspire through the footpads and therefore the bandage is likely to become moist after some time. This moistness can slow down the healing process and can also trigger off an infection. The bandage must be changed every couple of days. The wound should heal within a period of a few days. If healing does not take place, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian. Deeper lacerations may need stitches. A splint may also be placed as without it, pressure will be exerted directly on the paw when the dog stands. This could cause the cut to open up again. It is important to steer clear of sharp objects or rocky areas when waking the dog.
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