For the last 2 days my male corgi won't stop licking his front left paw and now it's so irritated and raw. I have hydrocortizone spray (the kind for pets) and a flexible bandage on it now. I know it's hurting because he limps. Does anyone know what can help get this cleared up?

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Comment by Allison on June 12, 2012 at 11:49am

I think he roughed the pad up while playing on the driveway this past weekend and then started licking to make it feel better and that made it raw. I did take the bandage off yesterday and it looked better this morning. I let him sleep on our bed last night so I could make sure he wasn't going to town on it while we were asleep (not much sleep for me but I don't care). I just want him to get better :)

Comment by Chris, Kadi & Brodie on June 12, 2012 at 10:30am

I agree with Melissa. Remove the bandage--it will keep moisture in which will make it worse. It needs to be kept dry, so trimming the hair will help. If it't only the one paw, that would make me think there could be a seed or thorn causing the irritation, instead of an allergy. Typically allergies will cause this on all four paws.

Comment by Karise and Kiki on June 11, 2012 at 4:00pm

I agree with trimming the hair away.  My guy does this occasionally as well, particularly when the foot hairs between his toes start to get long.  We use a small electric trimmer and he doesn't seem to mind as long as we rub his tummy while we do it.

Comment by Shippo & Koga Corgis on June 11, 2012 at 2:36pm

I agree with trimming the hair away from the affected area.  It will help it to get some air, and the hair will just trap bacteria from him licking.

Comment by John Wolff on June 11, 2012 at 2:25pm

I've seen wicked-looking pad injuries heal up in days, like magic, with no treatment.  Much worse than that one.

If you have smooth floors, you might carefully trim the fur around the pads, too (to prevent slipping).

Comment by Allison on June 11, 2012 at 1:40pm

Self adhering bandage, that's what I have on it now.

Comment by Sarah C. on June 11, 2012 at 1:21pm

Keeping him from licking it and time will fix it.

Self adhering bandages work great.

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on June 11, 2012 at 12:17pm

Also, do a thorough check and make sure he doesn't have anything like foxtails or stickers stuck in his paw causing him to lick to begin with.

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on June 11, 2012 at 12:16pm

Most of the time just  keeping them from licking it (i.e. CONE OF SHAME!!!) will help it heal up. Put the cone on and take the bandage off. It is from all the moisture that it is getting ulcerated so putting the bandage on is just going to trap that moisture in. If there isn't any real infection you can just put the cone on and some triple antibiotic ointment and it should get better in a couple days.

Comment by Snickmom on June 11, 2012 at 11:55am

There have been some recent discussions about allergies. You can search by hovering your mouse over members, then click forum and use the search box to look for other ideas. One of the possibilities discussed would be a grass allergy; rinse his feet when he comes in. He could have a bug bite. In whatever case, your current treatment is what I would do, too.

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