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Sid's progress and a tip on soaking feet!
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Sid is doing OK, but he got an infection is his toe following the corn surgery. I took him back to Queen’s and they decided to leave his bandage off. This means he is more tender on the foot, of course, and isn’t getting around quite so well again.

Also, the surgical glue seems to have formed a kind of thick scab at the front of the pad, which must feel like another corn to him when he puts weight on it. So we’re soaking his foot in saline, and because the incision has dried out and cracked open a little, I’m drying it off well with careful use of a towel plus a hairdryer on cool for between his toes, and then putting Manuka honey on it.

And here’s where I had my brainwave.  I’m using Pawz protective boots for when he goes outside, with a doggie slipper sock inside them for padding. I got the next size up for covering his bandage, but now they’re a perfect size for soaking his foot.  I put the boot on the foot with a little pad of cotton wool inside, mix up a warm solution of saline and ‘inject’ it into the top of the boot using a 10ml syringe.  It takes about 4 or 5 squirts to half fill it with saline. Sid lays there as good as gold for ten minutes while it soaks, and I know that the pad has been kept quite wet for the whole time without trying to get his foot over a bowl. 

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I should mention that if you want to try it, you will need to dry the Pawz boot off thoroughly afterward both inside and out, because they are rubber and they do perish.  I did mine with the hairdryer.  laughing

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Wow you are a GENIUS! How many of us have been told to soak our dog’s paws in epsom salts or something similar, only to end up with a bowl full of spilled water and one unhappy pup? This is fantastic!

Sorry to hear about the infection. Ugh.

I love love love that idea and in fact we’ll be having a PAWZ giveaway very soon! For anyone new to the PAWZ boots, here is a Tripawds Gear blog post/review we did about them. They’re pawesome.

Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to show this to the PAWZ folks, they will love it.

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Great idea Jay, thanks for sharing.
I hope Sid’s foot heals up quickly.

Karen

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Thank you Jerry and Karen!  If I hadn’t had one very sore tripod, I might not have thought of it, but I can’t ask him to stand ON that paw in a bowl of water, and I certainly can’t ask him to stand on his two front legs while I lift that one up in the air for more than a moment or two, so …

 

Do tell the Pawz people.  I think they’re great and have been using them for years.  I got them first for a four-legger who cut her foot, and then just always kept some on hand, just in case.  When we got Sid, and he became a Pets As Therapy, hospital-visiting dog, I used them for when he went on wards with slippy floors.  He negotiated them with no problems at all, wearing his purple Pawz!

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Hello Jay and Sid,

First I would like to thank you for you for your patronage and loyalty to Pawz! I love your post and your ingenuity to find a solution for how to soak Sid’s paw!  Brilliant.  I am so happy that our boots were able to help Sid.  Wishing him a speedy recovery.  WOOF!

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Hello Andrea!  Thanks for popping in to say hi to Sid and I! 

 

I should add that four of the vets who have seen him during the corn surgery and follow-up visits have made a note of the name ‘Pawz’ and said they will recommend them in future, too!

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Sweet!  Such a great idea!  I presume you’re making a new pad to soak his foot in each time?  That’s the only thing I can think of.  Besides that, saline is magical and so is rest, keeping him off it, and keeping it clean.  You’re ON IT!  Way to go!  I hope this routine for a few days really helps knock out the infection so Sid can get back to all things that Sid loves.

~ Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Yes, Katy – new pad of cotton wool each time, and I use a new boot, too. The ones I’ve used for soaking get thoroughly dried and then I put them over a sock to protect his foot when he goes outside.  Good observation though, because it’s no good soaking a wound with dirty boot!

 

The Manuka honey will also help to thoroughly disinfect the foot after the soaking because it’s such a great antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.  I continue to be amazed at its healing powers.

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Here’s some info on Makuna Honey for folks who want to learn more.

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Awesome!  Paws up for a great mommy!

~ Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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