How long does it take for a dog’s torn paw pad to heal and what can we do to help with the healing process?

Original Question: My 75lb dog tore 1 cm of his paw off of his front foot. He is limping and constantly licking his injury. There doesn't appear to be anything stuck in his foot and it is not bleeding. I was wondering what I should do for him. Right now I have applied an antibiotic cream and have wrapped his foot with a sock. How long will it take for the skin to repair itself? He is a very active dog and it makes me so upset to see him in pain. Please help! - Amy

How long does it take for a dog’s torn paw pad to heal and what can we do to help with the healing process? Nov 8, 2017

Hi Amy,

I am so sorry to hear about your dog’s injury. This is a common injury in active, high-energy dogs. Thankfully, these types of injuries will typically heal without any long-term consequences. I would however, suggest you have him checked out at your vet to ensure there are no complicating factors (fractured toes, infection, etc.). Because this area of the body is constantly exposed to contaminants (being on the ground), the risk of infection is high – especially if he is also constantly licking the area! Prescription oral antibiotics may be required if there is infection present, as well as pain medication. Sometimes, these injuries need to be bandaged, and this requires regular changing (usually every few days) to avoid complications. It is an injury best handled by your vet and their experienced staff. If treated promptly and appropriately, the paw surface should start to heal within a week. It may take longer for all the skin to grow back and cover the area.

I hope this is helpful for you!

Dr. Kim Hester

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