A dog's paw pad injury can be treated at home if it is not too severe by rinsing the paw pad under cool water and applying an antibacterial ointment with a non-stick pad placed on the foot pad as well as a light wrapping to keep it in place, according to Cesar's Way. The bandage will need to be kept clean and dry and should be changed daily. If the wound is severe, visit a veterinarian as soon as possible so that the dog's injury can be attended to properly.
Dog paw pad injuries can be prevented by avoiding rough, hot and jagged surfaces that can cause injury. Some owners also put their dogs in protective footwear when taking the dogs for hikes or on trips to places with rough or jagged terrain. Dogs can have a variety of paw pad injuries, including blisters, abrasions, ulcers, tears, punctures, burns or lacerations from concrete, rock, gravel or sand. Look for excessive licking, limping or bleeding on the foot.
It is important to remember that the paw pads of dogs do not heal in the way that other areas of the skin heals. If the cut or abrasion is anything more than superficial, it must be treated by the dog's veterinarian or additional complications could occur.