Animal Outpatient Care Center of Truckee-Tahoe   
"The Doctor's Office for Pets"
10939A Industrial Way, Truckee, CA   96161  
530-587-5144   fax 530-587-3594            email Doc's Office for Pets
The Animal Outpatient Care Center of
"The Doctor's Office for Pets"
Brooks Bloomfield DVM,  
Gina Kang DVM, Elyse Math DVM

Telephone: 530-587-5144       
Open 8-5  M-F     
Dogs, Cats, Reptiles, Small mammals and Wildlife
For After Hours Emergencies call:
Animal Emergency Center Reno 775-851-3600
Veterinary Emergency of Truckee  530-587-0881
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2006 - 2013 last updated 11/1/13
The Doctor's Office
for Pets
Pad Injuries

• Be safe. Even a “best friend” can snap reflexively when a painful foot is
grasped. Have assistance and or use a muzzle if there is any question of
being bitten.
• Stop any bleeding by applying pressure for five full minutes to the toe or
unless the bleeding is bad enough to be worth risking losing the foot, and
then never more than 5 minutes at a time without releasing it.
• Clean and flush wound if possible, especially eroded pads or flaps of
pad, as they often contain small debris. This may sting and or re-start
bleeding. Save for later if in remote location with minimal supplies. Dry
foot as completely as possible.
• Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment, especially to
eroded/exposed pads.
• Apply bandage starting with a non-stick pad or piece of gauze on the
wound. Wrap from toes up to just past the paw with a layer of overlapping
gauze bandage, using steady, firm, pressure. Cover with a layer of
cohesive wrap or tape applying overlapping pressure. Never use a
tourniquet. Leave the toes visible at the tips if possible and if there is any
swelling above or below the bandage remove it immediately.
• If an eroded or exposed pad rather than a deep slice, then just enough
pressure to keep the bandage on is all that is necessary. A cotton sock is
an effective cover for an eroded foot pad. Use only breathable booties.
Change any wet bandages or other covering immediately.
• See a veterinarian for complete wound care especially if bleeding
persists, there is pain, or any underlying tissue is exposed. Do not give
ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or any other over the counter pain reliever.
Many are toxic and almost all interfere with blood clotting.
• Use whatever you have that’s clean to apply pressure, cover, and protect
the foot if you do not have a first aid kit. Handkerchiefs and neckerchiefs
make good bandages as to shirt sleeves torn off at the shoulder. Socks
and stocking are good coverings for injured foot pads and can be applied
in several layers to pad and help stop bleeding.
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