Are You Prepared?
We went to the mountains to hike with our boys. Unfortunately, Sammy decided to chase a rabbit and ripped open not one but all four of his paw pads. He also succeeded in trimming his nails down to the quick during the chase. This put a damper on our trip as we were hoping to do a bit of hiking. Although we had a first aid kit with us, we were not prepared to deal with all four of Sammy’s painful, scrapped paw pads. Luckily we were not too far away from a store where we could buy some toddler socks, (his booties were left at home) antibiotic cream and some tape. Even taking him out for potty breaks, the wounds were raw and appeared painful to walk on. The socks seem to do the trick!
This reminded us to re-think what first aid (and booties) we should bring on day hikes. We had to think again about what one may need when you are traveling with your dog. Thinking about our Sammy, he is prone to hunt and chase and is much more likely to hurt himself then our other dog. Consult with your veterinarian to see what they suggest you are prepared with considering the temperament of your dog.
The other thing on our side was our work handling Sammy. We worked on him feeling comfortable with us touching his feet even when he was not feeling his best. Touching your dog’s feet, body and mouth when they are feeling well so they don’t mind it as much when they are hurt goes a long way at home with you, the pet parents, and at the groomer or veterinarian’s office. Deal with hurt pets like you would deal with a human emergency; use common sense. If you’re heading into the mountains for a day or longer, be prepared and bring a first aid kit. Especially one that will work for humans and dogs alike.