Tess is a typical staffie – she’s a wee ‘toughie’ that doesn’t show pain. Especially if they are hurt out a walk as there is too many interesting distractions and smells to bother with an injury, so many times you don’t know they have hurt themselves unless you see a trail of blood on the way home or until you get home, then they act like babies!
At first I thought she might have got a thorn in her paw and had chewed it out but on closer inspection she has worn her nail down to the quick , so must have happened when she was chasing her ball. I have never seen a dogs nail down to the quick before so panicked! Luckily my friend was here at the time and her older dog gets a lot of foot problems with inter digital cysts – something else I hadn’t came across but seemingly is a common complaint with staffies. So my friend went home and brought back some meds scrub, which she told me is what vets use to clean the area before operating so similar usage to iodine.
So we soaked some kitchen roll in the mediscrub and cleaned the paw and nail area, then dipped a clean pice of kitchen roll in to it and placed between her toes and round the base of nail, then wrapped the paw in vet wrap ( a stretchy crepe bandage that sticks to itself ). I then put a baby sock on top and wrapped vet wrap around the top of it to stop the sock falling off and the sock will stop Tess chewing the vet wrap off. Tess was very good throughout the whole process, she lay on her back on the couch and gave us the paw and stayed like that until we had finished, which surprised me as she has never had a sore paw before so never had anything done to them, except cleaning and drying but Coal has had a few paw problems so Tess has seen Coal get the same treatment, as she watches closely ( when Coal had an ear infection he was getting his ears cleaned and Tess was up sniffing and watching then wanted hers done! So I had to clean both their ears each time – can’t give one without the other! haha) but also lying on her back is her submissive pose, which she does when meeting new dogs.
Obviously Tess can’t wear just the sock and vet wrap whilst out a walk so I have some dog trainers/boots that I put on top when she is going out to stop the sock and vet wrap getting wet or dirty. I have 3 different types of boot, the third had to be bought when Coals leg was in plaster as it has a larger foot area but the first 2 types are neoprene and are slimmer fitting. The only difference between the first 2 types are the length they go up the leg. All 3 types are fastened with velcro and all have ‘soles’ but each are made of different materials – the first type by Walkers has a textured leather (not sure if real), the second by an unknown brand have a dense foam padding and the third type by Mikki have a sand paper sole for grip but as you can see from the photo is not very sturdy . When Coal was using it the whole base of the foot came away so I had to re-hem it using binding material as it gave way round the seams and there is also a hole which is all the way through. This only took a week to happen so I ended up using a fluid bag from the vets that I cut some slits around the top and threaded a bandage though the slits then tied as it was cheaper than replacing the boot every week and I used 1 bag throughout the remaining 5 weeks, so lasted a lot longer. The only good thing about the Mikki one was that it fit the stoke in it none of the others could.
Luckily Tess doesn’t need a stookie, so the first 2 types fit over her dressing and have been fine all week until today when I went out a walk with my neighbour and her 2 staffies ( they are all the best of friends) and I couldn’t stop Tess running for the ball *see above about staffies and pain*. While she was running for the ball the boot came flying off along with the vet wrap underneath! So when we got home I had to do the whole cleaning and dressing process again 🙂 but at least she had fun on her walk and they are both snoring their heads off now! (they won’t be for much longer as I am just about to make their bacon and parmesan treats!)
Tess is feeling sorry or herself especially if you look or touch her paw. The first time she got it dressed she was fine with just the vet wrap but the minute she tried to walk with the baby sock over the top she flung her leg out to the side very dramatically then started hopping on 3 legs, it was so funny you’d of thought she’d broke her leg, what a wee actress! So hard not to laugh but I managed to keep it in as I didn’t want to give her a complex, she’s getting loads of extra cuddles and she’s happy for that! My lovely wee girl, so lucky to have them both xx