Archives for September 2013

Foot Pad Injuries and Treatment

Our brittanys are hard charging dog all year long, but during hunting season, we notice it even more. Their hunting drive is so strong, they often come out of  the field with injuries. We often encounter briar and cocklebur patches, and the dogs don't hesitate when they scent a bird or are on a retrieve. Paw pad injuries are not as common as you would think, but they do happen. So you notice your hunting dog limping in the field, what do you do? First inspect the foot and pad. Is there a [Read More]

Nail injuries – torn and split nails

Toenail Injuries in Hunting Dogs Toenail injuries are very common in dogs. All dogs, not just hunting dogs. A dog can just as easily tear a nail on the carpet or a chain link fence as he can in the field. Dog nails are very sensitive (just like our own), especially when there has been a trauma that exposes the quick, the area that contains the blood vessels and nerves. Often times, torn or split nails heal well on their own. It pays to keep a close eye on them as intervention can be [Read More]