Treating Paw Pad Burns in Dogs
Treatment depends on the extent of the burn on the dog. If a burn is severe, the pet should be taken to the veterinarian immediately for care.
Often, the paws require a bandage. Because paws are dirty—they are the first point of contact with the ground—most veterinarians will prescribe antibiotics. Paw pad burns can become infected quickly. This may be oral or topical antibiotics, depending on the wound severity and the dogs disposition.
Dogs with burns should have their exercise restricted, and wounds should be monitored multiple times a day, if not in a bandage. Hot pavement and rough surfaces or terrain should be avoided, especially when healing. Dogs should not be allowed to lick or chew the paw or bandage. An Elizabethan collar may be necessary to prevent additional self-trauma.
Healing this area can be difficult, due to the high mobility and dirty nature of the wound. Some dogs may require a splint to further decrease mobility and allow the wound to heal.
The length of time a paw pad burn will last depends on the dog and the extent of their injuries. Mild injuries may heal within 7-10 days, while severe burns and pad sloughing may require weeks to completely heal.
Fortunately, as long as your dog has plenty of time to recover, there are usually no long-term side effects or complications of paw pad burns.
Signs Of Burned Dog Paws
Signs of Burned Dog Paw Pads
Unfortunately, warm weather isnt the only thing to be wary of when it comes to your four-legged friends feet. Cold temperatures present their own dangers, especially if ice is on the ground. Frostbite can occur, and cracked paw pads are possible during temperatures of either extreme. Chemicals not labeled for pet use, including those protecting you from a nasty spill on the ice, may also lead to burned paw pads.
Fido may not come right out and say hes in pain, but veterinarians say that your dogs behavior is a major tell that somethings wrong.
“Often, a pet owners first clue is that the dog begins licking at her feet or may limp after a walk outside,” says Erin Katribe, DVM, MS, medical director at Best Friends Animal Society. “When the paw pad is examined, this may look like discoloration, or you may see lighter, pinker tissue exposed from underneath the outer layer.”
If a burn is visible on your dogs paws, or he licks his paws more than normal after a particularly sunny stroll, there are immediate actions to take ensuring your pup can still put his best foot forward.
Dog Paw Problems: 7 Most Common Issues and What to Do About Them
Summertime means sunshine and outdoor play for both people and their pets. However, summertime also means hot days and even hotter surface temperatures. In addition to ensuring our dogs stay cool and well hydrated during summer play, it’s also necessary to be aware of another common warm-weather pet hazard — hot surfaces that can lead to burned dog paws.
While our dog’s paw pads are thick and tough, they aren’t shoes and are susceptible to burn and injury when in contact with hot surfaces, especially for longer periods. Continue reading to learn some ways to identify burnt dog paws, common causes of dog paw burns, treatment for burned dog paws, and how to prevent your dog’s paws from burning.