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Old 09-12-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Animal Smiley 049 Sore Paw - Stepped On Something

Hi All,

Lily stepped on something this morning on our walk, it was a little twig and it looked like it got stuck in the top of her paw somehow. Little thing about 1". I removed it, didn't look like a nail or anything, something organic like a small tree twig or tiny branch. In any case, she has just the slightest limp. She has NOT been licking it or bothering with it but it's sore to the touch when I touch it and almost feels swollen compared to feeling her other paws. Upon inspection, I surely don't see anything at all, even redness but I can tell it's tender to her.

Is there anything I can soak her paw in to help remove any foreign debris if some is stuck in there? Her spirits are good and she's her normal self, just wondering if anyone has any advice, just want to help the baby if I can or otherwise let it work itself out.

Thanks! Wishing you and your babes a lovely day
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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You can disinfect her paw w/hydrogen peroxide (it won't sting) & rinse it w/water. Hope Lily will be ok.
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Poor Lily. I agree with Jenny. Try cleaning it if you can take a flashlight and have someone hold her while you inspect the paw more.. in between her toes really good.. on the pad, around the pad etc.

I wish Peanut would wear shoes on our walks! So many dangerous things on the ground! We were on a walk and I didnít realize there was glass everywhere.. I noticed as we were stepping in it . I immediately picked him up, sat down on the curb and looked at his paws. One of which were bleeding. We got home and I made DH hold him while I looked with a flashlight. There was no glass stuck, a piece just cut him. Very small cut, but I still cleaned him up.. I also wish people were more careful with what they are throwing out on the ground..

Hopefully Lilyís paw gets to feeling better!! I would definitely take a second look, because if there is something in there you will need to pull it out!
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My vet advises against using hydrogen peroxide. I would use warm water...and perhaps some epsom salts. If it continues to bother her, you might want to have a vet look at it.
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My vet advises against using hydrogen peroxide. I would use warm water...and perhaps some epsom salts. If it continues to bother her, you might want to have a vet look at it.
Why not? My vet says to use hydrogen peroxide (the one in the brown bottle, I think it's 2%) to clean any small scratches. It disinfects safely w/out stinging, just don't let the dog lick it or it might induce vomiting if it's a sufficient amount.
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Hydrogen Peroxide is ok for the 1st clean but should only be used once as it can irritate the skin & keeps it from healing properly. This is why lots of vets prefer to use other things now
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Hydrogen Peroxide is ok for the 1st clean but should only be used once as it can irritate the skin & keeps it from healing properly. This is why lots of vets prefer to use other things now
Ok, Thank you for the explanation.
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Sorry, Jenny...I should have explained it. DUH!
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Sorry, Jenny...I should have explained it. DUH!
No probs, inquiring mind wanted to know.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:07 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info you guys, I wasn't sure about hydrogen peroxide and there are conflicting reports on the internet. I'd rather run it by my YT friends to see what they treat their babies with.

Soap and water worked great, got a good rinse in, sudsed it up when needed and applied a great new product I found called "puremedy" for animals. I found it in a neighborhood health food store but I'm sure it's available online. Keep an eye out for it, I highly recommend it after this bout of home paw treatment!

I'm going to try and leave some pics below, I hope it works! The first paw picture depicts the wound on day 2 and the 2nd paw picture was taken today, after being treated with the ointment. Looks so much better!

I have deduced that she somehow stepped on/got scratched by/or stuck with a Date Palm Thorn. These thorns look like long twigs and actually carry the dates on top of the large Date Palms. I'm very familiar with these trees because our neighborhood is filled with them and their dates attract many birds from the beautiful green parrot to ravens and crows that I despise and I think Lily does too - although she LOVES to chase them! She's sampled a few of the dates themselves and while they're not harmful (or tasty apparently), the thorns on these buggers are apparently cause for caution as they could contain an infection-causing bacteria or even produce an effect that resembles arthritis in humans that have a scratch or step on one of these palms.

I'm adding this info to update you all but also in case someone searches for it in the future. I love our YT time capsule here. I also wanted to share because it goes to show that a mom's intuition and natural homeopathic remedies can be as tough as you need them to be. So often people will say "why didn't you go to the vet". I'll absolutely go to the vet when we need to go to the vet, I'll be the first one, but I think that's part of gut intuition too, sometimes you know that you've got this and you can provide great care for your baby without the added stress of being at the vet.

On the first day of Lily's scratch, swelling happened almost immediately and washing under warm soapy running water, helped us to flush out what was left of the thorn/branch particles and clear the wound of debris. After letting the wound air-dry, I applied a generous amount of the non-toxic "puremedy" and covered it with a baby sock. This ointment is essentially, a natural and non-toxic antiseptic like Neosporin, only completely ingestable, in fact there are instructions on using this same stuff for mouth sores or sore throat so I felt really safe if she did lick it off but I covered her paw with a baby sock (and a soft hair elastic to keep it in place) so that she would leave it alone and let it heal. I applied the ointment 2-3 times/day for 3 days and the wound looks amazing. There is still a slight pinkness so I will apply again tonight while she sleeps and repeat until full healed over.

Hope you can see the pictures. Lily is napping now but I'm glad to have investigated the palm tree thorns as well for anyone that may also be affected (palm fraunds can also contain poison or bacteria) and found a new wonderful ointment to add to our home care arsenal!

May you all have a healthy and lovely weekend! xo
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I'm glad you figured out what it was. I was going to guess a thorn. Here in the midwest, we have vicious honeylocust thorns, and they can cause infections.
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I'm glad you figured out what it was. I was going to guess a thorn. Here in the midwest, we have vicious honeylocust thorns, and they can cause infections.
I probably have looked like a crazy lady sifting through the grass patch (with my eyes) every time we've walked by it this week! I didn't know these were called "thorns" because they're so branch-like. We have them everywhere so I'm so glad I can be cautious and know what to look for if it happens again and it just might because of the fact that they are everywhere. We've had SUCH humidity this year, so sticky! Many flora and plant life in the neighborhood are acting unusual and I'm guessing it's because of this added moisture ... and don't get me started on the fleas! But luckily they are under control right now.

What do you use for antiseptic or cleansing for the honeylocust thorns? Has your babe had a problem with those? Thanks for your help!
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I haven't had any punctures yet with the thorns, thank God, so I can't answer your question. Here's a link to an article with a picture of a honeylocust thorn.

Ouch, Honey!: Honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthos
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Here's an article with a photo of a date palm thorn:

Pantoea agglomerans as a cause of septic arthritis after palm tree thorn injury; case report and literature review -- -- Archives of Disease in Childhood
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Just found this article. It sounds like Betadine could be a safe antiseptic for dogs.

What Is a Healthy Antiseptic for Dogs? | Dog Care - The Daily Puppy
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