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Old 02-17-2018, 05:33 PM
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Caring for cut paws at home?

Hello everyone, my name is Hank i have an almost 2 year old chocolate lab/weimaraner mix named Rem, I take him on a lot of camping/climbing trips which ultimately leads to him cutting his paws on glass or sharp rocks basically every other month. I am 20 living on my own so keeping the lights on plus trying to pay off my vet bill is definitely very stressful on me. Anyways, what I have noticed during my multiple visits was that the vet never stitches his paw, only bandages the wound very well and puts him on antibiotics. I have a bulk supply of the antibiotics which I have saved up. Would it be irresponsible of me to start just bandaging him up at home?

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Why aren't you carefully monitoring the areas you go before you let your dog loose there? My last dog ran along in all kinds of state forests, beaches, everywhere with me when I went horseback riding for hours daily and went everywhere with me and never got hurt once except for when he ignored me one time and my horse stepped on him.
My current dog goes everywhere with me too and only gets occasional minor cuts from playing too rough with his dog buddies. That's once or twice a year I'll see a tiny scab, never anything bad enough to go to a vet or need antibiotics for.
If your dog is getting that seriously hurt that often then you need to make your hikes and camping trips safer for your dog, who you're responsible for, or be a daredevil alone and leave the poor dog at home where it'll be safe.

Sorry to be judgmental but you should never let your dog walk anywhere near broken glass!
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Also when he's prescribed antibiotics you're supposed to finish the whole dose he's prescribed for the whole week or ten days he's prescribed to take them, not have extra saved up. This creates stronger resistant infections by not finishing the antibiotics prescribed.
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I am extremely careful with him, i bought him dog shoes and everything but there is an incredible amount of broken glass where i live due to the very high homeless population in Northern California. Sliced paws are super common with anyone walking their dog anywhere other than a dog park, which my dog wasnt made for. No daredevi stuff going on, only a loppy and curious dog, and yes i know but I had already some my parents gave me from the first time he got cut. Which is the reason for the leftover antibiotics. I'm glad you live in such a safe area for dogs because no matter how hard i try the only way to guarantee his safety is stay indoors, which isn't really an option, thanks for the input though
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Sorry to be judgmental there's a lot of homeless people right in my neighborhood too but there's not broken glass everywhere. My dog runs off if loose and unfenced so I only let him loose in fenced dog parks. He likes other dogs so it's safest and best for him. My last dog hated other dogs but was very good loose so I let him loose everywhere and drove to nicer safer forests and beaches with no rocks or glass.
If you know basic first aid and can tell when a vet is needed or not, and know when and what kind of cuts need stitches and what don't, there's nothing wrong with bandaging cuts at home if they're small and he's not losing too much blood.

My job required me to get certified in CPR and first aid. I've also lived on my own with cats, dogs and horses for many years so feel comfortable making that kind of decision.
My horse vet practice lets clients send pictures via text message of cuts and injuries at no charge and they will say how to treat it and whether it needs a vet or not. You could see if your vet is comfortable doing that.
You could also take the first aid course to feel more confident if you wanted. I don't know if they're expensive or not because my work provided it
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