I noticed my hound has a swollen pad on her paw. Examining her is well let's say an experience. After I got a good look including using a muzzle to do so. I saw no real open wound. There was a tad bit of blood but it had no sign of puss in it. I think there was just a slight crack in the skin which would explain the bit of blood. So I got a bucket and put some epsom salt and lukewarm water in in and went back out. I put the leash on her and stuck her foot in. She gave me no problems. After a couple of minutes I lifted her foot out and gently dried it and took a good look. By then she was as calm as could be because she knew I was helping her. So my plan is to do this a couple of times a day and see if the swelling goes down before we rush to the vets. At the most I'm anticipating a round of antibiotics. But hoping the soaks will take care of it. Any other suggestions Oh and all you breeders out there do you have any tips on trimming their nails. My pointers nails are getting really long. And the hounds nails are black. Maybe after the hounds foot heals well get back to walking them which should help with the nails.