My Australian Shepard mix was licking her paws this afternoon. When I checked them, I noticed that she had a single raw spot on her a paw pads on three of her feet (not on the very bottom, but a little to the edge and between). It almost looks like she stepped on something sticky which pulled of the top layer of skin on those paws. Should I put something on the spots and if so what? And, should I not walk her until these heal?
I'd think that a little triple antibiotic ointment would be fine and keep it from getting infected. As for walks I'd cut them down to short walks or none at all for awhile just to keep debris and the such from getting in it.
I don't think it's allergies as this is the very first time I've seen her licking and I checked them as soon as I saw her licking one, mostly because I assumed she had gotten something stuck in it. My parents' property has pine trees, so I'm wondering if she stepped on some needles/leaves covered in sap and when she cleaned her paws she pulled off some skin. Either that or as we played pretty hard yesterday when we went for our walk, she ran them raw.
My doberman pinschers have always had raw spots on various parts of their bodies. One always chewed his tail until it bled, my current dobe chews the top of his paw. He has a bleeding disorder and does not heal very well, but polysporin will help, if you can keep your dog from licking it off. maybe put it on the paw while they are sleeping or drowsy, and keep putting it on daily. Dogs tend to chew, no need to worry.