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Paw pads are the tough, spongy undersides of your dog’s paw. They provide padding and insulation to your furry friend’s paws. When you take her out in harsh conditions such as extreme heat or a particularly rocky path, the pads will prevent any serious injury to her paws.
Summer is perhaps the harshest season for your dog. When you take her for a walk, the heat on the roads can cause severe burns on her paws. The burn will destroy the top layer of her skin on the paw and put her in a considerable amount of pain. You can treat paw pad burns at home but if the burn is quite serious, take her to the vet immediately.
How do you diagnose a paw pad burn?
The simplest way to know of a pad burn is if you have seen her walking on a hot surface. She may not show any discomfort initially but as the pain progresses she will. If she is limping, has redness, is holding up her paw, has blisters, or is refusing to walk, check for pad burns. She may even lick her paws more frequently to relieve the pain.
Treating paw pad burns
It is important that you treat pad burns as soon as you notice the indicators. Follow the steps below to heal the burns and prevent any infection.
- Clean the burn – Before you start any treatment, clean the wound with an antibacterial soap. Remove any debris that you find and thoroughly wash the injured area.
- check for bleeding – Gently apply pressure under the paw burn to see if there is any bleeding. In case of a bleed, maintain pressure on the cut till it stops and wash her paws afterward. Small cuts can be treated at home. For larger and much deeper cuts, take her to the vet.
- Soak her paws – Put her paws in cold water for about ten minutes. This should cause immense relief and ease her pain. If she does not like it, use a cold compress on the area at regular intervals.
- Use an antiseptic spray or ointment – To prevent infection, apply an antiseptic cream to the burned area.
- Wrap the paw in a bandage – Roll a bandage around the paw to prevent the ointment from rubbing off. Use the “figure 8” pattern to fasten the bandage.
- Take her to the vet – No matter how small the burn, you should take her to the vet and ensure the injury is not serious. The vet may prescribe a better ointment or pills for pain relief.
You can prevent further paw pad burns by following a few preventive measures. Taking your dog for walks in mild weather, on grassy surfaces, and moisturizing her paws after every walk can keep them safe and healthy.