The black pads on a dog's feet grow back if they are injured or removed, although veterinary assistance is recommended if the pad is hanging. These protective layers can become injured if the dog makes a sudden turn while running at high speed or from moving on rough surfaces.
Daily care is highly beneficial in these cases, as the soft, sensitive tissue underneath the pad can become more irritated or infected if not tended to. The wound should be washed three times a day for best results, and an antiseptic, such as chlorhexidine, is safe to use when lightly mixed with water. A thick sock or specialized boot can protect the wound from becoming further agitated. It takes approximately 10 days for the pad to heal entirely.