Torn Webbing Quick-Fix Tip

by Aaron Hicks

Just a romp in the yard can cause split webbing. Note the boot on Cullen's rear foot. Marcia Herman

About 2-3 years back, our Coco got a rip in the webbing of his rear paw, way down inside. I saw no way a vet could stitch that, or even to expect it to hold, much less to do it without anesthesia. Not that I’m cheap — I *am* cheap — but I don’t care to have me or my pets under anesthesia without good reason.

So, I filled a wash bottle with dilute povidone iodine and washed the wound 3x/day, with fresh bandages and padding between the toes each time. After two days, I couldn’t open the wound between the toes; it was as if it had never been there! I continued to check it every 8 hours, cleaning it if necessary, but I really don’t think I had to do anything more.

It was a bit distressing, as the first time I did it when I *think* I saw the whole metatarsal phalangeal joint. But as the skin slipped back into place, it disappeared again. There was surprisingly little blood, and there was never any sign of infection (which would have had me at the vet’s office first thing). I have no idea how he managed to injure it there.

Greyhound-L,  6/23/10, reposted with permission

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6 thoughts on “Torn Webbing Quick-Fix Tip

  1. You’re welcome, Sally. It came from a AZ guy. 🙂

    We’ve used povidine and water mixtures quite often in the past but I’d forgotten about it until now; it does a great job. The color is scary but it washes right off things if it spills or splashes. I have no idea what the dilution is; I think we eyeballed it. When it was dark we stopped adding povidine to the water. Good stuff.

    Posted by greyhoundarticlesonline | July 19, 2010, 7:48 PM
  2. Thank you for putting up that article. My Doby has a tear inbetween his toes and it’s sure take it’s time to heal. Orginally, I think he got something stuck in it – a thorn of some sort. It turned into a gapping hole that constantly oozes. It’s not infected – it’s a clean ooz. I’ve bandaged it up with a piece of gauze inbetween the toes where the tear is, I left the bandage off to air it out. Four weeks later it’s about 1/2 the orginal size and still oozing. I use a genertic Bactine to clean out wounds – I’ll give the iodine a shot next.
    Thank you!

    Posted by Sally | July 19, 2010, 4:42 PM
  3. Nope, no picture of the toe. The only evidence, other than the bill for surgery, is the picture of Miss Quesa lounging on the couch in her cast that is in the Summer issue of CG Magazine. Never thought of taking a picture of the foot. It was GROSS with that “little toe” just hanging off the side of her foot………TWICE in three months. WE all handled the second one much better than the first. 🙂

    Posted by Joan Nageldinger | July 1, 2010, 4:31 PM
  4. Joan, do you have a photo of that toe to go with this piece? Sounds gory; I may to put up a “Warning: Graphic Photo” on it!

    Posted by greyhoundarticlesonline | July 1, 2010, 4:26 PM
  5. Coco was sure lucky to have you. I panicked and headed for the vet.’s when I saw the toe hanging limp. My girl, Quesa, did that TWICE (practically ripped off the outside toe) two winters ago, and twice had surgery to repair the cuts…….19 stitches the second time around. We think she did it either stepping/slipping into a frozen footprint in the back yard or by spinning when she got excited. Since both tears were on the left side (first the front foot, then the rear), and she spins to the right, it made sense. Check out her picture in the Summer edition of CG Magazine on page 19. She has completely healed and managed to get through last winter without another incident.

    Posted by Joan Nageldinger | July 1, 2010, 2:52 PM


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