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Damaged Paw Pad on Domino's Remaining Front Leg?
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26 June 2016 - 7:29 pm
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Hey all! 

So I was giving Domino a small front leg massage tonight because he’s spoiled rotten. When I got down to his front foot I noticed that his paw pad seems slightly deformed/cracked. Since I adopted him he’s had fairly dry and cracked paw pads, but it’s never looked this way.The only way I can think to describe it is it looks like a blister (but doesn’t feel like one, it’s completely solid and dry), it’s almost a semi circle that’s pushed back maybe because of the way he bears weight? I have some just over the counter paw lotion for dry and cracked paws, so I applied that to see if it helps. I took several pictures but its hard to tell much in them. Should I be concerned? Or is the way he bears weight just catching up to his paw pads? It can’t have been like that for too long, I check his paws often and I didn’t notice it last week when I bathed him and did his nails. Also, note I did take the pictures after applying the paw lotion, so if it looks gooey/white thats why lol.  Thanks in advance for all of your thoughts and opinions! 

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Domino had his left front leg amputate on May 13th 2014 after being hit by a car. He's now living a happy healthy life on three legs :)

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Domino is spoiled rotten because he’s so darn cute and deserves it!!

I’ve seen others post on here about “paw pad” situations on remaining legs. It sounds similar to some I’ve seen here…..hopefully others will chime in who’ve actually dealt with itand offer their solutions. I’m sure someone will give you links.

It looks like it may be raised a bit??? Hard to see.

Okay, I have to goof on my self and give you a giggle. I really did get ready to type the following, but fortunately caught myself as I realized the ridiculousness:: ” COULD YOU PROVIDE US A PICTURE OF THE OTHER PAW SO WE COULD MAKE A COMPARISON??” Yeah, I really did get ready to ask that 🙂 🙂

Okay Cassie! ‘That was a cute picture of his paw…but how bout a pic of Mr. Cuteness himself?

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Awww Dom. Yes, picture of his adorable self too please!

I’ve seen that once or twice on Wyatt as well and it healed up. To me it looks kind of like normal skin shedding, you know how humans get rough heels and stuff? But I dunno. It would definitely be good to make a comparison with his other paw.

Is there any bleeding or oozing? If not I would be tempted to just keep an eye on it and make sure he’s not limping.

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I don’t have any real advice to give other than it doesn’t look bad to my completely uneducated eye, but I wanted to offer my sympathy since I just took Clyde in because I was worried that he was licking his paw too much. Vet said it was fine and that he might just be a little sore from using it more than he’s used to. It wouldn’t surprise me to see that it gets more calloused down the line – maybe that is what you are seeing?

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Cassie I forgot to add, this would be a great question for Dr. Kennedy. I’d like to hear her thoughts.

Oftentimes the altered gait of a Tripawd can cause interesting, sometimes, troublesome, issues with paw pads.

New members, check out Domino in these posts with Dr. Kennedy, a fabulous rehab vet he got to see:

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I never even thought to ask Dr. Kennedy! I don’t have time to take Domino to go see her, but maybe I can email her to get her opinion. Domino’s paw looks about the same today, it is raised, but no redness/oozing/pain etc. So I guess for now I’ll just keep an eye on it and keep applying the paw lotion since he has dry paws anyway. I took some pictures of Domino a few minutes ago since y’all wanted to see his goofy face lol. He was sooo thrilled about it lol. Thanks for all of your opinions! 

Oh, and as for comparing it to his other paws, they’re about the same they’ve always been. Since I got him his rear paws have always been very dry and cracked, but no raised spots that I could see.

The last photo reflects Domino’s thoughts on being photographed lol. There’s even a bit of Finn noggin in the bottom, because he can’t stand not being the center of attention all of the time. 

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Aww there he is! Love that boy!

Yes, I”ll bet Dr. K will have some thoughts about it. Based on the gait analysis she did for him, maybe she can draw some conclusions for ya. Keep us posted oK?

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28 June 2016 - 11:06 am
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Oh my DOG what a beautiful boy you’ve got there Cassie heart 

I have no comments reg his paw other than thinking it is probably just the way he stands on it now that is causing this change.

I apply cream on my girl’s paws periodically but have noticed the areas that suffered more post amp are now getting harder so hopefully it will all stabilise soon. 

Sending you a hug and super cuddles to gorgeous Domino heart

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15 July 2016 - 4:41 pm
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Hi again all! 

So Domino’s “mystery spot” on his front paw pad is now gone! I just looked at his foot the other night, and no more spot. It does however look almost like there’s a circle of new paw pad there. So maybe it was a callous or a blister that finally came off? I’ll never know, but all is back to normal with Domino’s adorable feet! 

Thanks so much for everyone’s input! 

Cassie and Domino

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Hurrahhhhhhh clap 

Really happy to hear the news !

Sending you a big hug and cuddles to your cutie boy heart

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 



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I missed this before but what I saw before I got to your last post was thinking maybe a callous.  I am glad it worked itself out and give Dom big hugs for us

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WOOHOO! Tripawd Magic continues! Thanks for the update!

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