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    DefaultSore on paw pad. Do I need to see the vet?

    I have had my sons dog for the past 10 days as he was out of town for the holidays. Jet is a 1 yr old lab/hound that he adopted from the local shelter about 3 months ago. He is VERY active and eats, sleeps, and breathes to play ball.

    Last week we went to a new dog park to play ball. Most of the park was sandy, like the infield of a baseball field. When he got home and I was looking him over for ticks (we also went on a lil hike) he flinched when I was around his front carpal pad (the one above the dew claw). Sure enough he had sores on both of them. I assumed it was from the slipping and sliding on the hard sandy surface at the park. We have not been back.

    Those sores have almost healed now and all i did was apply some 3in1 ointment I picked up at the pet store and wrapped in vet-wrap a few times a day.

    Last night I noticed him limping. Sure enough he has a pretty big sore on his back metacarpal pad. The only thing I think could have caused this injury is yesterday on our way home from playing at the school he spotted 2 squirrels. Of course he tried going after them and we were on asphalt at the time. I had to use all I had to keep hold of him.

    So my questions are: should his pads be this fragile? Should he see a vet? Is there some kind of deficiency that might cause this to keep happening? Any recommendations on treating this in the event he doesn't need to see a vet?

    Since I am a newbie here I cant post pictures. I did put one of the sore in my album but I'm not sure those are visible yet either.

    Thank you in advance for any help,
    Jets concerned Grandma

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    My Sophie got a cut on her pad on a front paw the other day. We treated it with antibiotic cream and it healed up. When you say the dog has a "sore", what do you mean? Is it a bump? With puss or yucky stuff? Does it seem like an abrasion? Like he might have rubbed it off on pavement?
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    It is a round sore like he rubbed it off on the pavement. It is raw but no pus or inflammation. Were you able to see the picture in my album?

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    Oops! I tried posting a link to album but I forgot I'm not allowed to do that yet. There is a pic there. It is a round sore like it was rubbed off on pavement. There is no pus or inflammation that I can see. It is obv painful since he is limping a little.

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    Where are you located? Is the pavement particularly hot or cold? I don't think I would go to a vet just yet. As long as it doesn't look infected, or seems to be getting worse. I would treat it with the 3 in 1 and keep a watch on it.
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    We are in northern California where it has been right around 65 degrees or so.

    I don't believe the sore in itself is enough to warrant a visit to the vet either. My main concern is why his pads are "weak."

    Also, I see a lot of pad care products on the market. I've also read mixed reviews so I'm reluctant to use them. Do any of you use these products on your labs?

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