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Layla suffered a minor cut to her a toe and an even smaller cut at her dew claw on the other paw while lure coursing 2 days ago. We cleaned and wrapped both. She protested some but let us work on her.

 

The next day she was limping. DH went to remove the bandage to inspect and Layla was VERY unhappy about it. He muzzled her and was able to get 1 paw un-bandaged. The cut looks fine, very minor and is not bleeding. Once the bandage was off she stopped limping.

 

Her other paw is still bandaged. She won't even let me point to that foot much less unwrap it. She is running, going up stairs, playing with toys and does not appear to be bothered by the foot unless someone thinks about touching it. I sustained a pretty decent blow to the nose last night w/ her muzzle while I was trying to remove the bandage. I'm positive there's no other injuries.

 

Is she being dramatic? Has anyone else had this happen? She will not let us touch either of her front feet and was never like that before. Will she get over this? I'm worried we'll never be able to dremel or trim her nails again. The girl is downright hostile. Looking for others that have had similar experience or have words of encouragement. I"m worried about my sweet girl. :unsure

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Can you try a peanut butter distraction? Put the PNB on the inside of her muzzle. Worth a try.

 

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I went through that every time I had to take a bandage off Misty's feet, and she was the same when I tried to do her nails. She just did not want me messing with her feet, however with removing the bandages, I knew she hurt.

I just muzzled her, had a friend come and help me and I cut the bandages off

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Guest Energy11

Heck! ... Goldie will NOT let me even cut her nails! I have tried the muzzle, peanut butter, treats, etc. .... BUT, do NOT TOUCH her feet! She will be NINE in Dec, but, I fear, we will have to have her sedated AGAIN to cut those nails! :-(((

 

I KNOW what you are going through! ... I would let the vet handle it! Goldie literally ATTACKS US when we touch her feet! :-(((

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Guest greydogluvr

I have two princesses that are very dramatic. I muzzle have to one to even try to approch her with the nail clippers. The other lets out a GSOD if I try to hold her paw to trim. Gotta love their headstrong attitudes!!!! Well sometimes...

 

I am glad to know it is not just me, but am sorry you are going through this, too.

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Tornado is the same way. Good as gold any other time (mostly), but touch his feet to remove a bandage,

and he goes bananas. I've tried everything to get him to chill, but nothing seems to work. Wish I had

some advice for you. It's tough to see them be so fearful.

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Guest Energy11

I HATE having to sedate her JUST to cut her nails! I cut nails as part of my vet job. I NEVER "quicked" Goldie, but, all of a sudden ... she literally ATTACKS us if we even TRY those nails! IT is a HUGE stressor, to be sure!

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Only 2 tricks I know, which you might already be doing:

 

If the bandage involves sticky tape on the dog's skin/fur, try to minimize that. I don't like more than @ 1/2" of sticky tape on the dog's skin.

 

If you're trying to unwrap, get some blunt-nosed bandage scissors and try cutting it off instead (careful! I stick my finger under the bandage along the scissor blade to make sure I'm not catching any dog skin in there).

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Guest 20PawsinAlaska

Great tips and stories. Husband is fishing till tomorrow. I'm going to wait till he gets back, load the muzzle w/some PB and then we'll work togethr try to cut the d*mn thing off.

 

It was just shocking to see my angel face trying to bite my head off like a crazy hyenia because I glanced at her foot. :(

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We also have a foot drama boy! Ruffie had a small tumor removed from his foot & was bandaged for a couple of weeks. It was a 2 person job for us indeed! We'd assemble everything we would need first. Then I'd get the muzzle on him & start slipping in tiny treats while holding him from running away. My husband would cut off the old bandage & get the new one on, while I kept giving the treats. It was an ordeal that I'm sure I could not manage alone. I have to say though that he gets very calm when the muzzle comes on , I think because he knows he gets a constant supply of treats, so nail clipping usually goes pretty smoothly. If he ever needs a bandage again, we will certainly try the peanut butter!

Good Luck!

 

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Guest kydie

If is stuck to her hair, can you put her foot, or all four feet in water,( might make her feel safer) that will loosen the bandage, once it is wet, it may just slide off

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