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What Should I Do to Treat My Dog’s Paw Sore That Doesn’t Bother Him?


Dear VetBabble,

I’ve noticed that my dog has a sore on his paw, but he doesn’t seem to lick it or be bothered when I touch it. What should I do to treat it? Is it necessary to use a benzoyl peroxide topical cream or an antiseptic cream, or will it resolve on its own without treatment?

Understanding Your Dog’s Paw Sore

Thank you for reaching out with your concern about your dog’s paw! Paw sores can have various causes, from minor injuries to skin irritations and allergies. It’s important to get to the root of the problem so that we can provide the appropriate treatment and prevent further issues. Since your pet doesn’t seem bothered by the sore, it’s likely not severe. However, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t worsen or become infected.

Treatment Options

As a veterinarian, my priority is to help pet owners like you provide the best care possible for your furry companion. With that in mind, I recommend considering these various options to help treat your dog’s paw sore:

  1. Home Treatments: In some cases, paw sores can be treated at home with simple remedies and proper care. You can start by cleaning the sore gently with a mild soap and warm water. Make sure to dry the area thoroughly after cleaning it to prevent the development of infections. You may also check our article on How to Treat your Dog’s Wounds at Home for more tips and guidance.
  2. Topical Creams: Applying a benzoyl peroxide topical cream or an antiseptic cream can help the sore heal more quickly. These products can help prevent bacterial growth and reduce inflammation, promoting a faster recovery process. However, it’s essential to consult your veterinarian before using any medicated products on your pet. They can guide you in choosing the most appropriate treatment for your dog’s specific situation.
  3. Alleviating Discomfort: Even if your dog doesn’t seem bothered by the sore, it’s essential to address any underlying causes of discomfort. For itchy dogs, this may include using hypoallergenic shampoos, properly managing environmental allergens, and implementing preventative measures. You can explore these recommendations in more detail in our article on Simple Tips for Itchy Dogs.

Monitor and Seek Professional Advice

While most paw sores should resolve on their own with proper care, it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on your dog’s condition. If you notice any signs of infection (such as redness, swelling, or discharge) or if the sore doesn’t appear to be healing, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian. They may provide specific recommendations or prescribe medications to address any complications that arise.

In addition to properly treating your dog’s current paw sore, you should also try to prevent future issues. There may be underlying factors contributing to your dog’s paw sore that need to be addressed, such as excessive licking or allergies. Our article on Why Does My Dog Lick His Paws? could help offer insight on such behavior.

Lastly, it’s important for every pet owner to be prepared for emergencies and know the basics of Basic First Aid for Dogs. Familiarizing yourself with these guidelines can help you keep your pet safe and healthy in case of unexpected injuries or situations.

I hope this information is helpful, and I wish your dog a speedy recovery!

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