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June 18, 2008


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Great to see Callie, she looks good!
Duke is such a handsome hunk...I hope his paw works out well for enough support.


I would like to know if you've ever considered using maggots on a wound with a lot dead tissue like that? Is that done very much in vet medicine?



There is a popular superstition that maggots will only eat dead tissue. This is not correct. Every summer we see patients with moist, matted hair. Flies lay their eggs in these moist areas, and even with no primary wound, the maggots will burrow in and create a crater of a wound. These patients become septic and die if not caught in time.

There may be a place for maggots in debridement, but I don't have the expertise to use them successfully.

Kimberly Kienhofer

I have a bloodhound, 3 yrs. old. The large pad on her back and front paw seemed to have split their outer covering from back to front. There is no obvious puncture injury or bleeding. It seems mildly painful. Has anyone heard of this happening to other dogs? If so, what causes it and what can I do???


Hello, Kimberly,

The most common cause of split pads is trauma, i.e. stepping on something sharp. It is also possible for weird things like auto-immune disease (where the body's defense system goes haywire and attacks self) to damage the footpads. Sometimes a biopsy of the affected area is necessary in order to make a diagnosis.

Footpad splits are best treated with bandaging. Otherwise, every time the dog stands down on the pad, it spreads the wound open.

You need to take your dog to his veterinarian for evaluation.

Thanks for reading and writing.

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