Whether you have a puppy or a senior pet, proper paw care is essential to prevent a dog paw pad injury. Unfortunately, a dog paw pad injury can occur from something as simple as taking a walk to hiking on trails. As a responsible pet owner, proper paw care includes having all the resources you might need to help prevent, protect, and address an injury. We sat down with on-site veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen, to discuss five essential first aid tips to address a dog paw pad injury and what to keep in your pet first aid kit for proper paw protection.
Dog paw pad injury: five necessary tips for paw protection
What to look for in a dog paw pad injury?
First, be mindful of your pet’s behavior. Sadly, there might be something more going on, and your pet could be in pain. “If you notice your dog paying extra attention to a paw, chewing at their feet or paws, or limping, check the paw pad for any injuries,” states on-site Trupanion veterinary technician Aubrey Halvorsen. Additionally, a paw pad injury can occur rather easily, and it could be missed. Consider checking your pup’s paws after their daily walk or dog park outing.
Five essentials to have in your pet first aid kit
Humans and pets alike can benefit from having their own first aid kit. Naturally, you never know when an injury might occur with your pets, so having a kit handy and portable, can be beneficial for all parties. Further, “if you are an avid hiker, make sure your pet first aid kit is well stocked,” points out Halvorsen. You can encounter a number of unknown variables while on the hiking trail. For example, sticks and rocks can really do some damage to a pup’s paw pad.
Consider the following items to include in your pet first aid kitfor paw pad protection:
Betadine (antiseptic solution)
Paw pad protectant (made of natural wax)
Further, dog booties can help protect the paw pad to avoid
any injury or help keep it protected if an injury does occur. Plus, it can be
helpful with unpredictable weather conditions, some pups do not like walking in
Necessary steps to fix a dog paw pad injury
Puppies are unpredictable, and injuries do happen. Certainly, if your furry friend experiences a paw pad injury, you want to be able to address the wound as soon as possible. If your pet is hurt, in any way always consult your veterinarian before attempting to fix the problem yourself. If you find yourself stuck on a trail or unable to visit a vet immediately, there are a few steps you can take first.
Halvorsen weighs in on the steps to properly tend to the paw pad injury –
Clean out the wound (as best you can with warm water)
Clean the wound with Betadine
Use tweezers to get out stuck particles
Dry the paw pad
Apply some antibiotic ointment
Apply a bandage
Seek veterinary care
Most importantly, reach out to your veterinarian and seek medical care as you don’t want your best mate to get an infection or experience any discomfort. Likewise, your veterinarian can provide care, treat the wound, and answer any questions you might have for your best mate’s treatment plan.
Dog paw pad injury: first aid tools for your best friend
Your dog is on their paws all day – during everything from playtime to dog walks. As such, it is essential to maintain proper care of your pup’s paw pad. Chances are a dog paw pad injury might occur in your household. With the proper protection, necessary resources, such as a pet first aid kit, and the expertise and guidance of your veterinarian, your pup will be back on its paws and playing in no time.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.