I know I can get some good ideas here. Cypher, 11 month old Lab Mix, has a cracked pad on his right front. Its the "big pad" not a toe. The vet obviously isnt in. Cypher is walking normally and shows no signs of pain when you handle the area. Its a jagged crack, front to back in the middle of the pad.
Does anyone have any ideas for temp. relief? I put a bit of vasoline on it and that has helped the surrounding area become smoother and less chapped. I checked the rest of his feet and vasolined one other toe pad that was a little rough.
Im not sure if the vet will want to see him or not. It's not deep, exactly like a chapped lip that has cracked.
Im guessing that the snow is the cause of this. Ive been trying to check his feet every evening, but not good enough I guess.. The snow today was hard ice crystals and I think that may have been part of the problem.

any ideas are greatly appreciated!
dainerra
If there are areas where chemicals are used to thaw ice (streets, sidewalks), it's a good idea to wipe the chemicals off with a wet cloth or by dipping the feet into a basin of water and rubbing them a bit, after exposure... get between the pads, too. These dry the pads, aren't good for the dog to lick off, and probably sting in the cracks of cracked pads.
Vaseline is a reasonable softener, as is lanolin. Rub some into all pads once or twice a day for the winter.
You may need to consider rubber boots for this dog until all pads are healed, and as long as his pads tend to crack..
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Im guessing that the snow is the cause of this.

Perhaps. Chemicals salt and its derivatives may add to your problem.
It may also be humidity. It's really low here and my knuckles split and bleed also.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Im guessing that the snow is the cause of this.

Perhaps. Chemicals salt and its derivatives may add to your problem. It may also be humidity. It's really low here and my knuckles split and bleed also.

I didnt think of the humidty, but it does seem really low. No salt or chemicals. I havent even salted the sidewalk because I was worried that the boys would try to eat it.
I was also recommended Vit. E gel caps (break open and rub in) or Bag Balm. Im going to check tomorrow to see if Wal-Mart sells doggie boots. There is only 1 "pet store" close and I dont shop there due to many past complaints about poor treatment of animals there.
Thanks for the help!
dainerra