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How do I treat a cut on my dogs hind foot?

Updated on July 11, 2011

Treating a cut on a dog's foot

First of all I would call my vet and ask him what I should do about the cut. Depending on the severity of the cut the Vet will then decide if I should bring the dog in right away or if it can wait for next day treatment.

Then I would clean the wound on the dog's foot thoroughly with an antiseptic cleanser, such as Dettol or hydrogen peroxide. No rubbing alcohol, it is not good for the tissues. I would Keep it open as much as possible.

The worst cuts are the ones that look the smallest, i.e., puncture wounds. Small opening and deep penetrating wound is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Dogs' teeth, as you can well imagine, tend to produce precisely this type of wound. So watch your dog closely, and inspect him from head to toe every day.


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      air 4 years ago

      my puppy has a small cut on the side of his nail, what should i do?

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      perfumer 7 years ago from California

      Hi Stacy,

      I would take my dog to the vet even though it is just a minor cut.

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      Stacy 7 years ago

      My dog has a cut on her hind leg in-between her nails...she licks it and when ever I try to see it she yelps in pain what should I do?need response asap

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      matthew 7 years ago

      If you got the same cut on your foot, how would you handle it?

      And "Kev"... when is getting a professional opinion on an injury a "waste of money"?

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      Kev 8 years ago

      It is a shame so many dubious people have such contrasting views on things like this. Looks like I will have to waste money on a vet.

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      Jeff 9 years ago

      You should wrap it up immediately

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      DMartelonline 9 years ago

      Hi Paul, My dog seems to get those little cuts all the time and I do not cover them. What I do is use a very tiny amount of triple antibiotic ointment before he goes to bed (when I know he'll leave it alone). good luck!

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      Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      It's a minor cut. But, we'll keep our eye on it.

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      perfumer 9 years ago from California

      Hi Paul,

      I feel sorry for your dog. But this seems to be a question for your vet as I can't see the cut from here and looks like your dog needs professional attention.

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      Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      It's a small slice type cut. Our dog isn't licking it, but I'm wondering if we should wrap it.