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Best gauze for dogs injured pawJA:...

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22 Jan 2022

Best gauze for dogs injured paw
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What's the matter with the dog?
Customer: du claw injury so needs to be covered and grow back
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: right paw
JA: OK. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Molly. 4 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No
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22 Jan 2022

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Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Good evening, my name is***** to JustAnswer. I am so sorry to hear that Molly is injured. I am happy to help and see if there is something we can do at home or if a vet visit is needed. Do you think you can attach a picture of the dewclaw so I can see what you are seeing? We often do not bandage toenail injuries due to the risk of causing a humid environment for bacterial growth, which can cause an infection.

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
I already took her to the vet a couple weeks ago. She was on an antibiotic for two weeks. They suggested some kind of E collar I think it was called trail she cannot lick the dew claw that needs to grow back. But we’re trying to avoid having to put a collar on her
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Ahh, I understand. I am so glad you were able to get her seen already! Is she licking the area frequently? Do you think she would take a sock off if you placed it on her limb?

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Prefer texting
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

That is absolutely just fine! We can continue to chat here without an issue.

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Trying to find good gauze or bandage that we would change everyday. Trying to avoid having to use an E collar or anything like that.
22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Sorry I didn’t see your last text. We are home a lot with her it doesn’t seem like she is licking it too much. The sock is an interesting idea. Just a matter of what we used to secure it on her porch. Do you have ideas?
22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Paw
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

I understand. Generally, it is hard to keep wraps in place, and there is a high chance of them shifting and cutting off blood supply. Additionally, wraps tend to keep a wound pretty moist, which is a great place for bacteria to grow. Does the injury seem pretty irritated and raw at the moment or is it healing pretty well?

22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

A semi-tight fitting sock can be a great option to keep this type of wound covered, without a risk of cutting off blood supply. We do want to make sure the dog wound not eat it though. There are also cones that can be placed, that are not plastic collars, but instead look like a blow up donut. These tend to work pretty good as well. If the wound is healing well though so far out, I am not convinced that she actually needs a cone if she is not licking at it much though. I would love to see an image if you are able.

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Doesn’t seem too bad, They cut the dewclaw basically to the base so it’ll grow back. So the base area is red but the vet did say it will take a couple months for it to fully grow back
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Ahh, I understand. If you press on it, does it seem to cause discomfort? Two weeks out, the base of the dewclaw should be pretty comfortable as the quick will have sealed at this point.

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Let me Press on it and see how she reacts
22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
I just touched it and pressed on it some and it didn’t seem to really give her any discomfort
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Okay great. That is a great sign that it is not causing discomfort enough for her to really lick it. If she is not licking it, then you should not need a cone at this point. I would keep an eye on it though, just as you have been!

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
OK great thank you! So the fact that it is red it’s not a point of concern?
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

You are very welcome. Pain is the best indication of an infection, however, I would love to see it if you are able to attach an image here for me?

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
I’m not much of a techie but I will try and see if I can do that
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

That sounds great. It would be highly unusual to have an infection after two weeks of antibiotics, very little licking, and no pain, but if I can take a peek, it would help me give you the best advice.

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
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22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Hopefully that worked
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Thank you so much. This looks like the quick to me, which is full of blood supply. Due to this, it is red. The base of the dewclaw itself looks normal to me, which is what we are worried about since an infection can travel into the declaw bone and result in an amputation. From what I can see here, the quick is present, and we are just waiting for the nail to grow out over the quick. I would continue to monitor this as well as make sure she is not licking, but this looks like it is healing well to me. I also do not see any wet or wet/dried hair, which is classic for frequent licking.

22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

You can absolutely try the sock trick to be safe though! If the sock does not work, you may need to use the e-collar/cone when you are not with her though if it seems to become painful, swollen, or increasingly irritated.

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Thank you so much doctor I am relieved
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

You are so very welcome. I am very much hoping for a speedy recovery, but do you have any additional questions for me tonight?

22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
Ok. Thanks!
22 Jan 2022
Customer reply
22 Jan 2022
No other questions right now thank you again.
22 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
22 Jan 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

You are very welcome. I am happy I could help today. If you think of anything later that you would like clarified, please send me a follow-up message here. Have a great evening!

Dr. Kay
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