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Postby LongHammer » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:37 pm

Otto has been ripping his pads constantly. One bumper tossed camping he came back with what looked like bacon coming off of his front right paw. The left front was sliced in half. Healed up a little then ripped 2 toes off. What can I do to help him out.
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Re: pads pads pads

Postby Doc E » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:07 pm

Zinc Gluconate -- 50 mg tablets.
One per day for 2 to 4 weeks. Then three times a week.
Of course, increasing distances of roading as the pads toughen up.

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Re: pads pads pads

Postby Constructeur » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:20 am

Lewis dog boots would help as well...
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Re: pads pads pads

Postby LongHammer » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:38 am

I have been seriously considering the boots. Anyone have experience with them?
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Re: pads pads pads

Postby orhunter » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:11 pm

I've heard they can rub raw spots on the toes. I prefer motorcycle inner tubes for boots. Cheap, easy to make, if you lose one, no big deal.
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Re: pads pads pads

Postby Doc E » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:00 pm

Boots help protect the pads, but they don't do anything to "cure" them.
Zinc Gluconate is not only a good treatment, but it's just as good as a preventative.

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Re: pads pads pads

Postby Doc E » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:00 pm

Boots help protect the pads, but they don't do anything to "cure" them.
Zinc Gluconate is not only a good treatment, but it's just as good as a preventative.

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Re: pads pads pads

Postby Constructeur » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:03 am

Good call Doc. I didn't mean to infer that protection after the fact would help the current situation!
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Re: pads pads pads

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:48 am

Do you recommend vitamin E and omega 3 along with the Zinc? The combination of the three is used frequently for foot disease.
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Re: pads pads pads

Postby Doc E » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:11 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote:Do you recommend vitamin E and omega 3 along with the Zinc? The combination of the three is used frequently for foot disease.


I like to see ALL dogs on a premium "Fish Oil", protected with Vit E whether they have a pad problem (treated with zinc gluconate) or not.

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Re: pads pads pads

Postby LongHammer » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:45 pm

Thanks for the advice he ran hard for an hour and a half today. No issues other than 90 degree heat still.
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Re: pads pads pads

Postby mgrucker » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:44 pm

LongHammer wrote:I have been seriously considering the boots. Anyone have experience with them?


I used booties from https://dogbooties.com/ a couple years ago when my dogs pads were a mess. I initially tried the fancier boots and lost one out in the weeds never to be found again. These simple booties also get lost, probably more frequently than fancier ones, but are very inexpensive so it doesn't matter. One thing I learned is that the thicker the material the more they will hold water which seemed to be a big factor in them pulling off, the thinner ones would drain out rather than fill up and fall off. The dog had no problems with the boots like rubbing or anything and was able to keep hunting even with only half-healed pads from a previous outing where we really overdid it. I still keep about 8 of them in my bag for emergencies.

Boots aren't fun though... I'm really interested in the zinc gluconate and vitamin E mentioned in here, I'm researching that now!
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