by Aaron Hicks
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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