Tails from the Front Line

Official Blog of Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet

5 Effective Tips on Treating Dog Paw Injuries

While your pet dog might absolutely love its time outdoors, it is important to be aware that its paws are always constantly exposed to the elements.

Similar to humans, dog paw injuries could be potentially dangerous if it is not treated early. Cuts or abrasion on the bottom of the paws creates an opening for harmful bacteria to enter your dog’s bloodstream, leading to an infection.

As a responsible pet owner, you should take note of symptoms such as limping, discoloration of paw pad, swelling and peeling skin. These are usually indications that your dog has injured its paw.

What Causes Paw Injuries?

By nature, your dog’s paws are tough. They are made out of hardened rubbery skin that provides a layer of protection. But this doesn’t mean that it’s impenetrable.

If your dog accidentally steps on sharp objects such as glass or nails, you will be sure that its paws will be injured. Extreme temperatures (hot or cold) will also cause damage to the paws, leading to burns and blisters.

Thing To Keep Handy

Since a dog can injure its paws anytime and anywhere, it is important to keep a few items at hand to tend to the injury right away. These items are:

  • A first aid kit
  • Clean cloth
  • Tweezers
  • Medical gloves
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Filtered water

5 Tips To Treat An Injured Paw

It is crucial to provide prompt first aid at home, followed by a visit to your local veterinarian to treat the injury.

1. Rinse with clean and warm water

The first step in treating an injured paw is rinsing it with clean and warm water. This is done to remove the dust and debris from the dog’s paw that could aggravate the injury by causing an infection. Avoid touching the paw directly so that the wound does not reopen.

2. Take a good look at the wound

Inspecting the wound will give you an idea of the depth and size of it. It will also help to rule out the presence of foreign objects and whether the object has lodged deep into the paw pad. If the cut is deep, it is advisable to visit your vet immediately.

3. Carefully remove foreign objects

You can remove any embedded foreign object by using tweezers and pulling them out carefully. Take extra precaution not to use excessive force when removing. If you feel uneasy or unsure about removing the object by your own, visit your local vet to seek professional help.

4. Halting the bleeding

By using a clean cloth, you are required to place direct pressure on the wound so that it stops bleeding. If you are unable to stop the bleeding within 15-20 minutes, please visit your local vet without delay.

5. Cleaning and bandaging

The wound should be cleaned in a sterile environment. The first step is to wash the wound with warm water and let it air-dry. The second step is to apply hydrogen peroxide for disinfection and the third step is to apply antibiotic ointments.

The final step is to dress the wound using a sterile bandage. Ensure that the injured area is covered completely and that the dressing is not too tight. Your dog should be still able to walk after you have finished the bandaging.

Wrap Up

Getting a paw injury is unfortunate and certainly can be prevented! Avoid walking on hot pavements and carefully survey the areas that your dog walks. You can also protect your dog’s paws by getting a pair of durable dog boots.

Author Bio

This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.


Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Announces 2018 Board Members

All volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit military and veteran service organization cares for soldier’s pets.

Gatesville, TX – Effective January 1, 2018, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet announced the 2018 Board of Directors for the organization as follows:

President: Linda Spurlin-Dominik
Vice President: Victoria Scott
Secretary: open
Treasurer: Major Nancy Emma, US Army (Retired)
Director: Tonya Phipps
Director: Major Randall Baucom, US Army (Retired)

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© Board of Director members (officers and directors) primary responsibility is providing overall governance to the organization, representing it to the community, and accepting the ultimate legal authority for the organization.

About Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet:

ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit “Military & Veterans Service Organization” (MVSO) supporting our active duty  Military, Wounded Warriors,  homeless Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment  related to a combat or peace-keeping or humanitarian mission  or unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship  situation through various programs/services/projects.  For more information on providing a foster home, becoming a volunteer, or making a donation to Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, please visit

Happy Birthday to our December birthdays!


Put on your party hats and bring out the birthday cake, it’s time to celebrate!  We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following volunteers who celebrate a birthday in the month of December:

  • Kristen L., Blog Editor (December 1)
  • Victoria S., Vice President, Board of Directors (December 31)

May all your birthday wishes come true!

Thank you for everything you do and hope you have a wonderful day!

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Featured on the Hallmark Channel’s show “Home and Family”

The Hallmark Channel‘s show “Home and Family” will be presenting info about Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet via our Celebrity Spokesperson, Lucas Hoge. The show will start with Lucas with singing several of his latest hits and rest of the show will be about Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet. Our sincere thanks to Larissa Wohl (Hallmark Channel representative pictured), Lucas Hoge (pictured), Kim & Tim Kuen, Randall Baucom, and Nancy Emma in helping to make this segment a reality.

The show will air twice:

Monday, 4 December 2017 – 9 AM Central Time
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 – 11 AM Central Time

Happy Anniversary to our October anniversaries!


We would like to wish a very Happy Anniversary to the volunteers who celebrated an anniversary during the month of October:

10/25 – Eileen C., NY Community Outreach Liaison – 6 years
THANK YOU for everything you do and wish you a great day!
We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work in helping our military service members and their beloved pets.


Announcing Our Monthly Giving Program

We are looking for interested parties who are able to contribute $5 or more on a monthly basis to the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet mission of serving our Military and Veteran communities.

If interested, we have an easy way to assist.  Join our group of monthly givers, to be known as: Patriot Supporters.

Donations made by our “Patriot Supporters” will be allocated between our Pet Foster Home “MPA Fund” and our MVP Sanctuary programs.

Patriot Supporters are very important to our efforts and mission.  In fact, they’re the backbone that helps to sustain our work.  And these generous folks are more than just kind, they know that giving monthly allows our organization to spend less time fundraising and more time serving our Military and Veteran Communities.

To begin the process of your monthly recurring donation visit and click on the PayPal Donate Button on the left hand side.

Be sure to click the box at the PayPal screen that this is to be a “monthly donation”.

Thank you!


About Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet©:

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© is a national ALL-volunteer 501(c)3 Military and Veteran Support Organization assisting active duty service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and their beloved companion animals or assistance service canines through various assistance programs. These programs include: the Military and Veteran Pet Foster Home Program, Military Pet Assistance fund, the MVP Sanctuary and the Warriors’ Angels Program (TX only). Unless stated otherwise programs are available in all 50 states and all Branches of Service including National Guard and Reserves. Learn more at and follow our story on our blog,

Happy birthday to our September birthdays!


We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following volunteer who celebrates a birthday in the month of September:

9/19 – Patrick B., AZ/NM/NV/UT Foster Coordination Liaison

THANK YOU for everything you do and wish you a great day!  We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work in helping our military service members and their beloved pets.

GAfSP Reaches Platinum Status with GuideStar

Great news! Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet (GAfSP) just earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.

We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world.

To reach the Platinum level, GAfSP added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, GAfSP has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate GAfSP.

We encourage other nonprofits to take advantage of GuideStar Platinum to share key metrics with the world and highlight the changes you’re making. Updating is free. To learn more about GuideStar Platinum please feel free to visit To learn more about GuideStar, feel free to visit

To see GAfSP’s profile, click here.

Happy Anniversary to our July anniversaries!


We would like to wish Vicki S., our CA Foster Home Services Liaison, a wonderful fourth year anniversary on July 28. Our sincere appreciation and thanks to Vicki for helping those fostering in CA and being there on behalf of Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.


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