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    Anybody have any timeline on a stitched main paw pad time to heal? Three stitches in main pad on front foot. Dying to get back training but want best for pup. Vet has paw wrapped and will look under wrap tomorrow to check progress. Pup is on anti biotics for 7 days as precaution. Pup will be one year old on Sept 15 and is surprisingly taking the time off ok. Pup is 79 lbs and run everyday so in great shape. He is worked on varied terrain and have been trying to keep his feet in good shape by doing this but caught an un expected sharp object after water session on the way back to truck. Also thinking maybe tuff foot or similar product in future to toughen his feet. Have used verticyn in past to treat minor pad injuries but this one was due for the $500 vet visit. Cut was not super deep but slightly jagged with small piece of actual pad missing about the size of a grain of rice.

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    What does your veterinarian say?
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    At least 7 - 14 days is normal healing time for sutured area but because its the paw, maybe longer. Vet will have a better handle on time when bandage removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon Potter View Post
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    Vet is saying stitches out in 7-10 days.

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    We had a stitched pad a couple of years ago, it was a couple of weeks off after that. Then careful of the terrain (mainly mowed grass areas) for about a week to be safe.

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    There's a thread on here somewhere with a really nasty sown up pad story, I believe it was 1mt to heal completely but that dog cut through all the paw layers up to the bone. I've never had one stitched but I have had several that throw pads, basically breaking-shedding the thick layer of pad lining. Those usually take a week to heal completely. But after about a day I wrap them and duct/tape a Kevlar boot on, and go back to training. You might be able to cut some time with a boot, but you wouldn't want the stitches to break either.
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    Last time I had this I think I gave it at least another week after stitches removed. Then slowly back. I didn't want to take a step back and go a few more weeks. Then again I always error on the cautious side.
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    My girl cut her foot, I think on glass underwater, while training this summer. Sliced open a rear pad and up on top of the toe, I think she had 6 stitches. Vet initially told me 3 weeks, sent us home with a soft fabric cone and the foot wrapped. Soft cone wasn't worth a damn, she chewed the bandages off constantly even with the bitter apple spray. She pulled half her stitches out while I was in the shower one morning, so that slowed things down some. Switched to the clear plastic cone, but she could angle her body and stick that foot inside the cone. The vet took the wrap off about 14 days after the initial injury, she had a few bandage sores from the foot being wrapped and not using it. One of these bothered her so much that she chewed her center pad off overnight, so we started all over with a different pad. I ended up getting a cage type muzzle that she wore 24/7 until all the injuries healed. I think the whole process was 5 or 6 weeks. It was a nightmare and very expensive.

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    Initial cut where she pulled half her stitches out.


    Center pad that she chewed off when a bandage sore itched. You can see that the toe pad was almost completely healed when she did this, and it had only been about 14 or 15 days IIRC. Just start out with a cage muzzle and don't take any chances.
    Last edited by jackh; 09-08-2013 at 09:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackh View Post
    .......Soft cone wasn't worth a damn.......Switched to the clear plastic cone, but she could angle her body and stick that foot inside the cone.......
    It's the early on bandanna exposure that conditions that kind of behavior.

    It's common in Goldens.

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