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    i came home from work today to find harley limping. checked out his foot and found a gash on his paw pad thats pretty deep.

    off to the vet for them to tell me that they want $500 to sew it up and cos of the position its in they may only hold for a day or two and it could be a complete waste of time / money.
    we decided on the alternative which is bandaging it up and trying to let it heal itself

    now he is on a course of ABs and anti-inflammatories and has to go back for dressing changes tomorrow,

    grrr, just got over tessas surgery costs now this.

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    Had this a few months back (middle of winter) with my girl. Irresponsible neighbor. Erk!

    At least 2 weeks of almost constant supervision to ensure she didn't lick the wound and make a soggier mess, or that the bandage stayed put. Bandaging will likely give Harley pressure sores on the top side of his paw, so aim to get out of bandages as soon as you reasonably can.

    Anyway, my lifesavers were: RuffWear Barkin Boots (kept foot dry and supported in its bandage both outside and for walks), the socks that go with the boots (held the bandage nicely), that red, yuck tasting self stick bandage... And.... For when it's close to healed and for about 6 weeks more... Musher's Wax.

    Musher's is the most awesome barrier/ protection wax for doggy feet. Used to have to smuggle it in, but available now in a few places in Oz. Just google Musher's Wax, or go to Online Pet Store for Dog Supplies - Waggle Canine Adventure Gear

    And hugs for Harley!

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    Hope it gets better soon
    Pets are forever

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    If its not one thing its another, vets really know how to get you for every penny!

    Maybe those Dog shoes would be good to stop any chewing or licking!

    Hope its a quick recovery!!
    Rubylisious


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    thanks for the well wishes.

    harley enjoyed his sleep inside last night and as we speak he is snoring on the couch.
    lily is happy cos shes getting special treatment too.

    ill look into getting that stuff thanks villain.

    weve got to go back to the vet tonight for them to check it out.

    i just read newfsie's thread about costs with large breed dogs.

    with tessa eye infection her oral ab's cost $17 harleys cost $69 hmmm

    feel like goin to the doctors and getting a course for me and sharing them.

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    I found that pads (and noses) do usually heal very fast. My old dog was prone to cutting her feet and it was quite amazing how quick deep cuts closed up there.

    So hope she is all better very soon.

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    has anyone used super glue on their dogs wounds. i got to work today and some of the senior nurses said put super glue on it and it will be better faster,

    i googled it and some sites are saying its all good but now im curious to y my vet never mentioned that it might be a good idea. considering she has given me only one option of suturing that will cost upwards of $500 and in her words she said they will only last a day or so.

    if i was to do it would i still be right to take him back there without p**sing them off.

    he is a 50kg rottie so his pads are huge, the cut is across the heel part (but not touching the ground) and is 2-3cm all the way from front to back and goes as deep as the pad itself. however only slight bloody ooze. i have found no trace of blood where he would have cut it and when i found him it wasnt bleeding.
    (unless he licked it all up)

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    Well I have had cuts that have been glued back together by the doctor. A friend cut his hand at work that required stiches but he just grabbed some super glue and closed it up himself..
    Rubylisious


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    I would not use superglue as I would worry about the chemicals in it effecting the dog and that it is not sterile and may introduce infection.
    However, I am a nurse and if I should happen to discover some of the glue used in hospital settings (especially paeds) in place of sutures then I would be quite happy to give it a go....

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    im trying to get my hands on some of the stuff in hospitals atm.

    a website suggested the spray on bandaid stuff but i doubt it would hold im going back to the vet and will suggest this idea and see if they use anything like this.

    im also a enrolled nurse but have only ever worked in nursing home so have never come across it being used.

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