Swollen Blistered Pads Long Broken Nails

by Lisa
(Columbus Ohio )

Swollen Dog Pads

Swollen Dog Pads

My dog paws are swollen and have sores and I’m guessing because he licks them a lot or because of his nails

I have tried many different things and can not get him to let me clip his nails and I’m sure that is some of the problem and maybe that’s why he’s gotten blisters now
Any advice?

Editor Suggestions for Blisters, Paw Sores, Long Nails and Difficulty with Cutting the Nails

Hi Lisa,

Sorry to hear about your dog's paw problems and discomfort.

Swollen paws, blisters, and sores can be painful. Here's some suggestions for how to address the issue:

Immediate Actions:

Keep Paws Clean: Gently clean the paws using a mild antiseptic solution or saline to prevent any infections from setting in.

Limit Activity: Reduce walking on rough surfaces or long walks until the paws heal.

E-collar: Consider using an Elizabethan collar (also known as an E-collar or "cone") to prevent further licking and worsening of the sores.

Moisturize: Apply a dog-specific paw balm or cream to provide some relief from dryness and cracking. Avoid using human lotions.

Addressing the Underlying Issue:

Nail Trimming: If you're unable to trim your dog's nails at home, consider seeking professional help. Veterinarians, vet techs, or professional groomers can assist. Overgrown nails
can cause significant discomfort and alter the way a dog walks, leading to secondary issues.

Paw Examination: There could be foreign objects, splinters, or other irritants lodged in the pads. Check for these and remove gently if found.

Allergies: Chronic licking can be a sign of allergies, either environmental or food-related. It might be worth discussing this possibility with your veterinarian.

Long-term Considerations:

Regular Paw Checks: Regularly inspect your dog's paws for signs of injury, foreign objects, or other issues.

Paw Protection: Consider using protective dog booties if your dog is frequently walking on rough or hot surfaces.

Deterrent Sprays: These can discourage licking, but ensure any product used is safe for pets.


Given the extent of the problem and symptons, please schedule a visit with a veterinarian.

They can provide a hands-on examination, offer immediate relief, and recommend longer-term solutions. The broken nails, in particular, may be causing significant discomfort and should be addressed professionally if you're unable to manage them at home.

Please keep us up to date on your dog's condition.

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.

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