Hello and thank you for your time. I have a bluenose Staffordshire Bull Terrier. About 2 months ago (Middle of summer) i took my dog for a walk on a hot day and i completely and irresponsibly took her for too long of a walk cause she started to limp a bit(I don't think her paws built up enough toughness for lack of a better word). About a week after that i noticed on the bottom of her front right paw pad was a small blister-looking wound. At this time it was no bigger than maybe 3 grains of rice side-by-side. I put neosporan on it every now and then and assumed it'd heal on its own. However every week it got a little bigger. At some point it started to heal and i thought i was in the clear and foolishly played with her a little too hard in the yard and caused the wound to re-open if you will. 2 months later and its grown to the size of a quarter and its a little swollen. It's very fleshy, sweaty and bleeds a little. I looked online for what to do and got some advice but i am hoping i can get some more help on here cause i am worried its only going to get worse.
I have been cleaning it gently with an anti-bacterial wound-wash liquid thing, pat-drying it with a napkin and putting anti-bacterial ointment on it. I created these little socks and put holes around the top and weaved a cotton thread in and out of it to give it a sort of shoe-lace thing so i can gently tighten it and it wont fall off. I put these on when i take her potty (i dont play with her anymore cause i am afraid it will only make the wound worse) and when she is walking around the house. I recently bought some gauze bandages and started to wrap it around the wound and put the sock over it. However over the past week or so the wound has been very sweaty. I know it has to be dry to heal and form a scab.
My main questions are: Is there anything else i should be doing? Is there anything i am doing wrong? Should i leave the bandage/gauze on all day even during the night or should i let it air out? If so, how long should i wait before changing the bandage. I feel like when i put on the anti-bacterial ointment and then wrap it all up, its not letting it dry up and form a scab and causing it to be very sweaty. So i am curious if i should not put ointment on it and just use the wash and then dry it with a cloth.
advice/feedback will mean SO
much to me. Thank you ahead of time and sorry for the wall of text. I just love her so much and i get so worried when anything happens to her.
Edit* If need be i can provide pictures.