Wound on Dog's Paw Won't Heal?

My dog has been treated for over a year with medicine to heal a huge wound caused by licking his paw, but it still is raw, bleeding, and swollen. Our vet can't seem to get it to heal. We put a cone on him except when he goes outside to potty and when he eats and drinks, but nothing will heal it. He's 12 yrs old and I don't know what else to do, even our vet is puzzled. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?


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November 8, 20171 found this helpful
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A wound that doesn't heal is a concern, whether on an animal or human. I would find another vet. It could be a type of skin cancer.

September 17, 20210 found this helpful

Answering question on the lick granuloma. Thr licking is soothing to them. I had the same issue with my Doberman. She would lick the same place until raw. I watched her enough that I figured she was having joint pain, arthritis maybe.


So I started her on Arthramine, after taking it for a couple of weeks , she hasnt licked sense. My girl is 8 yrs old. Good luck.


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November 8, 20170 found this helpful

I would get a second opinion from another vet.

November 9, 20170 found this helpful

Hi There,
My first thought is that of yeast overgrowth, which is a common problem with dogs.

The first item I would look at would be diet. I would switch to Diamond Lamb and Rice dog food, or any other dog food that has no grains in it.


Grains and sugar feed yeast in the intestines. A dog probiotic, which you can buy online or at the pet store, may help to get rid of some of the intestinal yeast. Human's and dogs immune systems are very involved with the gut.

According to Dr. Mercola, disinfecting paws is necessary. Dr. Mercola states I recommend a gallon of water, a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1-4 cups of white vinegar as a foot soak solution and you can use this solution as many times a day as necessary to keep your dogs feet clean.

"After you dip your dogs feet in the astringent solution of water/hydrogen peroxide/white vinegar, there is no need to rinse. Just pat the paws dry. Leaving this solution dried on your dogs paws serves as an antifungal and should also reduce licking and digging at the paws.


The article also suggests adding spices such as oregano to the diet. I would sprinkle some oregano onto the dogs food, and I also would use thyme the same way, since they are antifungal.

Here is a link to Dr. Mercolas website, he has a lot of share on just about everything.

I wish you and your dog the best!



Itchy Smelly Dog? Yeast Infection May be the Problem (2011, May 3). [Website]. Retrieved from:


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November 13, 20170 found this helpful

Wound will not heal.

Step 1
He should be tested for diabetes.

Step 2
Clean it daily with hydrogen peroxide.

Step 3
Dry it well use a blow dryer on cool setting.


Step 4
Put anti bacterial essential oils on it.

Step 5
Put a wrap or bandage on it whatever will stay on.

Step 6
Do this daily until infection is gone.

Step 7
If it is from diabetes it may not heal just keep it clean.

October 4, 20180 found this helpful

It's been nearly a year since the OP asked their question, and I do hope they were able to get a good solution for their dog. That being said, we had a car with a wound that would not heal. It turned out to be a piece of bamboo that had hidden under the skin. We think the cat may have landed poorly into a freshly cut bamboo patch, and this piece went up into his leg.

June 9, 20210 found this helpful

My Great Dane has had an open wound that is huge. He absolutely will not stop licking it. No bandage of any kind works. Cones, double cones, muzzles, double muzzles, neck braces, medication. Thousands of dollars worth of vet bill's to no avail.


He's 8 years old and otherwise healthy. It's to the point no one knows what to do. His options are running out. I love him and don't want to euthanize him. I even considered putting a cast on his leg to stop the licking. Help!!!


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