I have a 'Sringador' coming up to five years old and is in perfect health generally.
However, last Saturday, when she came home from her usual gallavant in the local woods, she started to lick her front leg rather more than usual.
My wife looked at her and found a rather large split/cut on the lower part of her 'stop' pad.
As I was away for the week-end and it didn't seem to bother her unduly, she bound it up closing the wound and waited for me to come home.
I looked at it on Tuesday and it looked clean and the binding seemed to keep the loose bit in place so I re-bound it and let her carry on hoping it would heal over.
I looked at it again today, having cleaned and changed her bandage each day, and it shows no sign of healing.
I left the bandage off today for a short while and after a few minutes of licking she settled down and slept as if nothing was wrong.
I am not happy about the bit hanging even if it did heal.
So have telephoned the VET and described the problem and suggested/asked if it would be best to have the bit taken off completely or whether a stitch would help the healing process.
In either case it will mean a general anathsthetic so am expecting a wallet bashing whatever action is taken.
Can a dog feel the effects of a loss of the 'stop' pad making it walk like a drunken seaman ! or will she just carry on regardless.
Incidentally, she is not a working dog - she is gun Attachment 24202shy.