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Cuts under pad on front legs - Please Help!

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I don't know what happened. I am home all day with my 4 year old boxer and today he started licking his front legs under the pad looking thing in the middle of his front legs. I don't know what it is called, so I took pictures of it. He is walking as though it is uncomfortable, but he isn't giving me any real indication of pain. I don't know if he just chewed the pads or what, but they are both raw looking. I was only able to get a good picture of one of them, but they both look the same. I grayed out the rest of the picture, so it would be easy to see what I was talking about.

I take him for walks 2-3 time every day and he hasn't shown any problems until this morning when we went for a walk. Can anyone please tell me what to do? If I need to take him to the vet, that's fine, we just don't have a lot of money, so if this the equivalent to a normal cut a human would get that will heal in a couple of days, I would prefer to take care of him my self.

Here is the picture of his cut and one of my baby boy...


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I would never tell anyone NOT to take a dog to a vet. But this does look like a simple cut or scrape on the pad. A little antiseptic ointment and a few hours of trying to distract your baby from licking it too much might well sort it out.

Of course, if you notice a discharge of any kind, or the wound growing it would be wise to have it checked out. He's a handsome chap BTW :)
Hello and welcome to the forum Jon.  Sorry I haven't seen anything like that before but hopefully someone can help you.  Could it have been caused by his leash or getting caught on a a wire or something like that.  The edges look smooth almost like a blister that's popped.  Sorry I'm no help.
Looks to me like maybe he scraped it by pulling too hard?  i have a beagle itailian greyhoud who likes to pull and pull and pull and he would often scrape the top couple of layers off of his pad and make it look raw and once in awhile bleed. He would usually just heal naturally...we put a little peroxide on it for him and he seemed ok with that.
Welcome to the forum. That looks a bit sore. I don't really have any advice as to what it may be...but maybe some polysporin to clear out any bacteria would be good. Your boy is so handsome. Hope his leg heals soon!
Wow, thanks for the overwhelming response! He honestly doesn't pull when we walk and stays very close to my side. I would think blister too, except that it is on both legs in the same exact spot. I have not seen him chewing on it at all, just licking his feet in general, which he normally does not do. He has been sitting on the couch with me sleeping for the past few hours and has been messing with it when he wakes up, so I don't know. I will try some ointment and see what happens.

Thanks again to everyone!

Welcome to both of you, what a handsome boy you have. Don't know what the cuts are but by any chance do you walk him with a retractable leash?? Donner has never had a problem with ours, but HUBBY got a nasty nylon cut/burn while walking him that looks very similar in size and shape.
I know Zelda likes to slide around, and sometimes she will get rug burns there, but never to the point that they bust open like that. She is smaller, and lighter, so you never know, he may just be sliding around, and wearing them down. poor little (or big) guy!
My male gets the same kind of thing on his upper pad.  I took him to the vet and my vet told me to keep it clean.  It should go away on it's own.
Looks like either it has been rubbed off in some way or licked....
At home I would try soaking the feet in warm water and epsom salt to make sure they are cleaned just in case he stepped in anything....Then you can put neosporin or any thing like that on about 2 to 3 times a day.  Wrap it with a sock or gauze to keep from licking.  Dont wrap or tie anything on the foot to tight....can cut off blood flow....
The best thing for this is Tea Tree Oil if you can find some at like a GNC or somewhere like that......
Just a thought from when i worked at the vet. It could have been a alsur( hope this is spelled right) or something that was opened up. It kind of looks that way. I would still have it checked out. Just to be safe.
I ment a mass. LOL sorry. It sounds better to put it that way.
I wanted to throw in there that i am guessing and please dont take what i said to heart. I just wanted to say i have seen them like that before where it was a mass that was broken open. Ok so sorry for the rambling lol. Good luck and keep us posted.  :D
I just wanted to write a quick follow-up. Boo is doing wonderful tonight. He didn't seem to be having any problems this morning, but I took him for a short walk anyway. He has not been licking his sores today. I think when he was out running with the neighbors dog the other day, he must have cut himself on the concrete. I'm still not sure how that might have happened, but that is the only thing that we did recently that wasn't part of his normal routine.

Thanks again for everyone's help!

Jon... and Boo
Glad to hear he's doing good. Thanks for letting us know :)
My male had the same type of soars and his came from the boxers famous "pounce position" on pavement.   I would take him in though if it is not looking better in a week or so....would hate for it to get infected.
i am happy to hear he is doing better. please keep us postedon any changes
My dog had those before, I hear that when a dog licks his wounds it actually helps it heal better.  I would watch it for a few days and if it doent look any better call your vet.
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