quarrystepper Posted September 2, 2013 Share Posted September 2, 2013 Happy Labor Day, GT! Brooks was out for a romp at the dog park a few nights ago, and came back with blood on the underside of his paw. After a few days of gentle care (which I'll describe below), I'm not sure if we're on the right track yet. Part of my concern is that now, with a clearer view of what's going on, I'm not entirely positive it's ONLY a torn webbing. The split seems too lengthy, and from certain angles it appears that there's some paw pad tissue on BOTH sides of the split. I'm also nervous about whether it's becoming infected (being a holiday weekend and living in the rural country, we haven't had much opportunity for a vet visit yet -- although an e-vet isn't out of the question if this is truly trouble). I don't have enough experience to know, so I turn to you. Here are three photos from when I unwrapped it this morning: Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Sorry to say I didn't think to take photos in the immediate aftermath... The affected paw pad is on his back left paw, and the tear is adjacent to the inmost paw pad. The first two photos are taken from the side, with my finger obviously articulating the split to make it more apparent. The third photo is looking straight in from the front. Sorry for the poor quality, my real camera is at work so these are from my phone. I would be happy to take more photos in better light if it would help make it more clear. For the record, here's what we've been doing since it happened: - Immediate aftermath: irrigated for 2-3 minutes (all he'd let me do), trimmed back the fur as best as I could, soaked in epsom salt/Betadine solution for 5 minutes, q-tipped a bunch of triple antibiotic ointment over the exposed area, taped him into a loose athletic sock for the rest of the night, monitored to make sure he wasn't licking it - Next morning (after buying some supplies from the farm store): it was still oozing blood, so we did another epsom salt/Betadine soak, sprayed liberally with Vetericyn, double-folded a sponge gauze 4x4 (also sprayed with Vetericyn) and gently wedged it in between the paw pad and the split skin, added another gauze pad underneath for padding, wrapped lightly with VetWrap - 24 hours: re-dressed - 36 hours: epsom salt/Betadine soak, re-dressed, adding manuka honey to the wound care along with Vetericyn (no idea if these two can or should be combined, but obviously there are proponents of each on GT) - 48 hours: re-dressed - 60 hours: epsom salt/Betadine soak, re-dressed - 72 hours: re-dressed - this morning: unwrapped, took photos If any of this is wrong or counter-indicated, please let me know! I sourced this from the dozen or so threads about split webbings on GT going back to 2008. There is lots of inconsistency in the advice here, no surprise given it's a message board, so I've gone with what made the most sense from a gut level and what seemed to be the most sage advice. Quote Drew and occasionally DW Melody, with Rosie (AMF Ready Made) and Marvin (Bella Riddick) in Louisville. Forever missing Brooks (KC Bastone) and Kali (Swish). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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