Posted : 4/27/2011 11:51:40 AM
Agreed to everything the posters before me said :)
We have tons of torn pads, never a need to go to the vet. If the paw swells or begins to drain the vet will be necessary for antibiotics (or peace of mind if you just want them to look at it). These things do heal nicely on their own. A stint in an cone collar can help if the dog is bothering it. Otherwise, unwrapped it will heal best. A deep gouge we will treat for a few days with triple antibiotic ointment and a booty, changing several times a day after that, let it heal on its own. Limping is fine... it is very painful (think a raw spot on your own foot). Never use peroxide more than once, after that betadine. A little licking is fine and will keep it clean and help it heal... a lot of licking or obsessive licking will need a cone.