What to Do if Your Dog Has a Cut Paw Pad? Treatments & More

What to Do if Your Dog Has a Cut Paw Pad? Treatments & More

Last Updated on February, 2023

Do you know that a dog’s paw is more than a comfy cushion? I always thought the paw pad was just a cushion that helps the dog walk. However, later I realized that it does so many other things. 

Paw pads are primarily there to support the dog’s weight on the four limbs, and it works like a padded cushion to support running, jumping, and walking. A good example is a shock absorber; the paw pads absorb the shocks and give extra support to the dog’s paws. It even helps the dogs to survive and walk during extreme weather conditions and helps to navigate through rough terrain. 

Dog’s paw pads can be injured in many ways. An injured dog’s pad can cause many inconveniences to your dog, mainly because they rely on their paws very much. After all, it is a part of the dog’s feet and a vital part of the body. 

I think it is essential that all dog parents research and read about what to do in a situation like this. We all know sometimes we ignore wounds if they are tiny or if the cut is small. But immediate medical attention is necessary if the injury is in the dog paw, whether small or big. 

If you do not know what type of medical attention is needed, I suggest you read this article till the end. This article will cover everything you need to know about injured paw pads! 

Quick Summary

Paw pads are primarily there to support the dog’s weight on the four limbs, and it works like a padded cushion to support running, jumping, and walking.

Dog’s paw pads can be injured in many ways, and immediate medical attention is necessary if the injury is in the dog paw.

Steps you can take to help the healing process of the dog cut paw include: don’t allow your dog to licking, let fresh air flow, rinse the wound, and bandage should not be too tight.

What Causes Dog Injured Paw Pad? 

a human holding a Injured Paw of the Dog

Well, there can be many reasons for this. But out of the many, I will tell you three main reasons for paw pad injuries. 

Burns and Blisters to a Dog’s Cut Paw Pads

Extreme temperatures and chemicals often cause burns and blisters. Sometimes these can be caused by allergic reactions too. It could be something your dog stepped on. Allergan usually makes the dog’s pad swell, and then the dog will lick the injury and bite it causing more damage. 

Abrasions to a Dog’s Pad

Abrasion is when the dog’s skin surface wears away or gets scraped. You know how notorious your paw friends are; they will run all over the place and get scratched all the time. Abrasions can cause secondary fungal, bacterial, or parasite infections, requiring strict medical attention. If not, it can get serious. We don’t want our pets to suffer, do we? 


Many dogs suffer lacerations daily. A Laceration is caused when the skin is torn, cut, or punctures. Once again, your pup just cannot stay in one place, and these injuries are pretty normal. The scary part about laceration is that the injured paw pads might have foreign objects like sharp glass pieces, which could cause additional injuries. Other than glass, things like thorns, nails, or burrs can be embedded in the skin. It would help if you looked into those closely. Lacerations are not a joke. 

How to Treat Your Dog’s Cut Paw Pad?

ways of treating paw pad of a dog

Treating your dog’s injury entirely depends on a few factors. For example, it depends on how bad the cut is, how much tissue is damaged, whether any other foreign objects are stuck in the dog’s foot, and the risk of infections. 

The risk of infections is high when the injury is in the dog’s foot. Most of the time they do not keep their leg in one place until the dog’s wound heals, making the wound even worse.

So here are a few steps you could follow to ensure the wound does not get any better than it is right now! 


The first step is to wash your dog’s paw injury thoroughly. Always warm water. Clean the wound gently to have a better view of the wound. Dog’s foot should be cleaner than before at the end of this step! 


At this stage, you must observe the wound well. Closely inspect the injured pad. Look out for any foreign object lodged in the pup’s foot. You should soak the pup’s foot in Epsom salt and water if there are any. That way, the sharp objects will loosen up, making it easier to medicate the dog-cut paw.


At this stage, we have a clean wound with or without foreign objects lodged in the paw. If there are foreign objects, closely inspect and remove loosely embedded debris using clean tweezers. 

Once the dog’s pads are clean and free from other foreign objects, use a clean towel, wipe it and let it dry. Now it is time to kill bacteria and disinfect the wound! You can use a ball of cotton wool dipped in Betadine or 50/50 diluted chlorhexidine solution. 

After disinfecting the wound, you have to let it dry. Apply a bit of Neosporin or any other antibiotic ointment to fight infection.

Then, use a dog’s bandage to cover the pup’s entire foot. You have to make sure to cover it in a way that prevents dog licks.


This step is extremely important! Make sure the dressing of the wound is comfortable for the dog. Dog’s paw pad is already in a lot of pain, and the last thing we want to do is cause more pain to the dog’s foot. 

Paw pad contact with the floor is not recommended, so cover the paws adequately. Make sure there’s space to insert two fingers after tightening the wound or not. It will cause a complete cutting off his blood circulation to the pads. This can be a life-threatening condition and worsen the pet’s condition. 

When to Call a Vet? 

a veterinarian with a dog

Treating your dog at home is not advisable if the condition is severe. In such situations, it is best to seek proper veterinary care. Let us find out what these situations are!

  • If a part of the paw of your furry friend has come off. 
  • If the wound does not stop bleeding. 
  • If you see bloody paw prints even after applying the medicine. 
  • If your dog has a fever. 
  • If the dog walks in a lot of pain.
  • If the paw pad is puffy and red. 
  • If the dog won’t let you examine the pad closely like before. 

These are a few instances to say that you must rush your pet to an emergency animal hospital. Because these signs are severe, instant medical care is required to ensure your dog is pain-free! 

First Aid Kit for Treating Dog’s Paw Pads

some First Aid Kits for treating paw of the dog

Life is uncertain, and you do not know when your dog will end up with a paw injury; it is always helpful to have a first aid kit to ensure that you are readier than ever! 

Some things you might want to include in the box are;

  • Betadine or any other antiseptic solution
  • Tweezers 
  • Gauze squares 
  • Cold pack
  • Water bottle/ clean water 
  • Nail trimmers 

What Can I Do if My Dog Burns His Paw Pads? 

burning paw of the dog

Burn injuries are slightly different from other types of injuries, and they are more fragile and severe! Dogs burn their paws mainly because of heat and chemicals. If you are one of those dog parents with no clue about how the dog’s anatomy works and take your puppy on walks under the scorching sun, STOP IT! 

But if the damage is already done, here’s how you deal with it!! 

First, dip the burnt paw/ paws in the water, and let it sooth. However, before dipping in water, closely inspect if the pup’s skin or any tissues are exposed. If the internal skin is exposed, the wound is too serious for you to handle, and immediate medicare is required! 

If the burn is caused by stepping on any chemicals, hold the foot on running water for a few minutes. After that, wash it off with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly. 

Burn injuries should never be covered. It would be best if you looked into dog pads to avoid excessive licking constantly. Many pet parents ask whether it is good if the dog licks the burnt surface, and the answer is that it could cause more damage to the paw pad, especially when the paw is burnt. 

Related article: Yeast Infection in Dog’s Paws

Steps You Can Take to Help the Healing Process of the Dog Cut Paw! 

Healing Process of injured paws of the dog

As a responsible dog parent, a few important things must be followed during the healing process of a dog’s cut paw pad. 

Don’t Allow Your Dog to Licking 

Avoid the dog from licking its feet. When the dog has a cut, it is vital to keep it away from the dog’s face. The best remedy to be taken here is to wear an Elizabethan collar. The collar will reduce access to the wound surface and prevent dog lick. 

Let Fresh Air Flow

If possible, you can remove the bandage for some time and let fresh air flow through to the wound for it to heal correctly. By healing properly, I meant healing the wound with no infections. 

Rinse the Wound

You can even correctly rinse the wound using liquid hand soap or dish soap. This will reduce infections to a greater extent. 

Bandage Should Not Be Too Tight

You can use a bandage or a vet wrap to cover the wound. Make sure the wound is not tightened up unnecessarily. 

We must not apply pressure on the wound as it is already fragile and problematic. If we apply pressure on the wound, it could cause more damage than it is now!

Plastic Bags 

If your puppy is a little naughty and goes outdoors often, you can tape a plastic bag around the wound to make sure that the wound does not get wet. 


You can also go to your nearest emergency vet and ask them to prescribe antibiotics. But your pet’s health and other complications will be monitored by the vet before being the same. 


If possible, ensure the dog’s focus is not always on the dog’s cut paw pad. If possible, try to distract the dog from the dog’s paws.

Pain Killers

If the wound is a little too severe and if you feel like the dog cannot bear the pain, you can get painkillers prescribed. These pain meds help your dog cope better. 

How to Prevent Paw Pad Injuries in the Future? 

a dog wearing boots and sitting on the floor

Dog’s feet play a significant role in their life, and they move from one place to another using their legs. Dog cuts can cause so much pain to dogs, and it is high time for the dog parents to step up and have an environment around their house that is suitable for the dogs. An environment that will not puncture wounds or cause lacerations. 

Most importantly, if you are taking the dog on a walk during summer under the scorching sun, purchase a good pair of boots, and that will protect the dog’s feet. 

Another great way to care for a dog’s paws is moisturizing the paws often. If the climate is arid, moisturizing will reduce the cracks on the dog’s paw pad. 

Trimming the nails regularly prevents ingrown toenails, which can be problematic. 

Final Thoughts! 

The article has covered all the information you need to know about dog pads and paw pad injuries. Dogs are the sweetest creatures, and mostly they are reckless, which causes injuries to the dog’s feet weekly or daily. 

These wounds can get worse when dogs walk. So giving the best care during these times to the dog’s wound is very important. Most notably, proactive action can minimize damage to your dog’s feet. I am sure you are confident enough to tackle a dog paw injury by yourself. 

However, it is essential to keep this in mind as well. Even though it is good to know steps that can be taken to take control of the situation, veterinary care is always preferred as opposed to home care. 

Sometimes the wound might be more severe than it looks, so seeking medical help is essential. I hope you have gathered enough knowledge to tackle any situation by now, and lastly, make sure to shower your dog with lots of love every day! 

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Thomas Villalpando is the main author of IPet Guides. He spends his time reading, training, and working with several Dogs' behaviors. You can find more about him here.

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