It Can Take Several Days to Weeks for Dog Paw Pad Injuries to Heal

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It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for a dog paw pad injury to heal fully. How long it takes for the paw pad to heal will depend on a number of factors such as the nature of the injury and the amount of care the dog receives during rehabilitation.

Dogs can injure their paw pads in a number of ways. The injury can happen due to laceration or abrasion. It can also happen due to burns when the dog’s paw pad is exposed to a hot surface for a prolonged period of time. The vet might give you an estimate recovery time but don’t take it at face value because the amount of care you give your dog can be just as important.

Many types of paw pad injuries, such as lacerations, may require regular re-dressing (of the bandage) and cleaning of the injured area. Dog owners that don’t do this may prolong the healing time of the injured paw pad as the risk of infection increases.

Avoid using home remedies you have read up online such as applying human lotion to the dog’s paw. This can have a negative effect. You should only use medication that has been prescribed by the vet.

During the time of healing and for dogs to heal faster, it might also be important to limit the dog’s movement. You don’t want the dog’s body weight to pressure the paw pads too much as that may limit the speed of recovery.


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