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Old 10-08-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: NC
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I noticed last night that one of the pads on my dog's paws has been chewed. It looks as if his skin on the pad is peeling or he has chewed at it. Is this something I should take him to the vet for?? He didn't seem in any pain or that it bothered him when I was touching on it??
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:07 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Paws Shed like any skin...has he been on rough ground, rocks gravel or cement?
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:32 AM
 
Location: NC
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Thank you.. He hasn't been on any surface that is different than normal.. He walks on grass and cement/asphalt on a daily basis.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:07 PM
 
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He should be ok..tho once the paws shed they maybe a bit tender until they tuffen. Strange that you should notice them now. Don't do a thing...let nature take it's course.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:49 PM
 
Location: NC
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Thanks for the advice.. Another strange thing is that it is only 1 pad on 1 paw... I never thought about paws shedding (this is my first dog) but it is the first time I have noticed in the 3yrs I have had him. Thank you again.
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Like Katie said, pads normally shed. They build up like callouses, and eventually peel away. If it was caused by an injury (like stepping on glass or something sharp) you would be able to see blood or exposed red flesh, in which case you should either see a vet, or just cleanse the wound and dress it yourself. Otherwise, if it just looks like just a few layers of skin is peeling off and there is no blood or deep gouge, then the skin will peel away completely in a couple days.

This is a common occurrence, particularly with dogs that like to dig. Digging also helps keep their toe-nails from growing too long.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: NC
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Thank you.. There is no blood or deep gouges.. I just never realized that it would shed (like all his hair does..HAHA) I will continue to monitor it and if it gets worse I will schedule a vet appt. Thank you again for your responses.
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:56 PM
 
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It is possible it got scraped or irritated and the dog did chew at it. Pads heal really well and really quickly. We were visiting our land in TN and the dogs were swimming in the pond and my little guy cut his pad right down the middle and really deep. We were in the middle of nowhere, so we cleaned it up the best we could and my husband had hobby glue, so we glued it back together (I knew it would work and wouldn't hurt because my husband glues himself all the time when he gets cuts) So when we got into town, I cleaned it up, put some silver sulfadiazine on it (luckily I had it along for this trip) on it and bandaged it up. It bled for a while, but it was looking really good within a couple of days, I soaked it daily for about a week in betadine solution, and it healed great.and that was for a bad, deep cut!

If it doesn't look better in a few days, I would have it looked at if the dog seems bothered by it, otherwise, I would let nature do her thing
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:35 PM
 
Location: NC
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Thank you so much for you advice and insight. Chipper's paws appear to have healed back to normal. Thanks again.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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when my childhood dog got irritated paws my mom use to fill a bathtub w/ warm salt water and make her sit in it for a little each day.
Then they heal REALLY QUICK!
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