Your dog's paws contain pads which provide a cushion against the ground when they walk and run as well as helping the dog to grip when conditions are slippy. However, because the pads frequently come into contact with the ground, they can easily be injured. One of the leading causes of injury to a dog's pads is when they come into contact with broken glass. Below is a guide to the steps you should take to care for your dog's paws if they step in broken glass.
Clean the area
If your dog starts to limp or appears distressed, the first thing you should do is to stroke your dog to reassure them. While you are stroking your dog, you should lift up each paw to check the extent of the injury. If the pad is bleeding, you should rinse it with water. Once you have removed the blood, you will need to see if you can spot any pieces of glass which are embedded in the surface of the paw. If you can see large pieces of glass, you should use a pair of tweezers to remove them. If you cannot quickly remove them, you should leave them in place and let a vet take care of them.
Deal with any bleeding
If the paw continues to bleed, you should apply a clean towel or piece of clothing to the area using some pressure. The pressure you apply will help to prevent blood from exiting the wound and will allow it to clot. If the wound is large, the blood may not clot. In this case, you should get your dog to a vet clinic as soon as possible, so they do not experience severe blood loss.
Apply a bandage
Ideally, you should apply a bandage to the paw. Even when a paw has been injured, it is likely a dog will still rest it on the ground now and again. When an open wound comes into contact with the ground, it massively increases the chance that an infection will develop. You can apply bandages which are designed for humans. Simply cut them to shape and use medical tape to hold the bandage in place. Once you have bandaged the paw, you should get your dog to the vet.
If you would like further advice, you should contact your local vet today. They will be happy to offer further advice and treatment for your pet.