How to Wrap a Dog's Paw

Updated July 20, 2017

Dogs love to run, play and explore. As a result, dog injuries happen often. When they do, pet owners play a huge part in comforting their dog before taking them to the vet for further assessment. You can reduce a dog's pain and stress by having the correct first aid products. Learning and applying the proper procedures to wrap a dog's paw results in a faster recovery time for your dog and an overall happier pet.

Clean the injured areas of the dog's paw with gauze and water. Gently wipe the paw to remove any dirt and debris between its toes and paw pads.

Dry the dog's paw by gently rubbing its paw with a towel. Dry its paw pads and hair surrounding the paw.

Separate the dog's toes using dry gauze. Fold the gauze over on itself once or twice. Place the gauze between the dog's toes with the fold in the up position.

Apply gauze under the dog's dew claw, found on the inside of its leg, if it still has its dew claw.

Apply a padded bandage to the dog's paw. Begin at the upper part of the paw and bring the bandage straight down over the top of the entire paw. Continue to wrap the bandage underneath the entire paw and then continue until you come back up the underside of the paw.

Twist the bandage once at the underside of the paw. Continue to wrap the dog's paw, in the reverse direction, until you reach the upper part of the paw. Place your thumb and finger around the bandage at the top of the dog's paw to keep the bandaging in place.

Use your other hand to apply additional bandaging. Begin at the bottom of the dog's paw near its toes. Wrap in a circular motion, moving from the toes to the place where your thumb and finger are holding the first bandage. Wrap the bandage snugly, but not too tightly.

Continue wrapping the dog's paw, from under its toes to the top of its foot, in the same fashion. Do so until no padding is accessible from over the bandages.


Enlist the help of someone when bandaging your dog's paw to make the process easier. Check the bandages often. If the bandages become wet, rewrap your dog's paw. Consult your veterinarian to determine if the dog should be seen for follow up of its injury.


Wrapping a dog's paw too tightly can result in diminished circulation. Check the dog's bandages to ensure that you can slip your finger under the bandaging. If not, reapply the bandages. If your dog's paw shows signs of infection such as swelling, redness, pain or discharge, consult your veterinarian.

Things You'll Need

  • Gauze
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Padded bandages
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About the Author

Based in Wheeling, W.V., Lisa Rowe has been writing since 2008, specializing in health and home improvement articles. Her work appears in various online publications such as Merchant Circle. Rowe received an Associate of Arts in English and a certificate in medical assisting, both from Belmont Technical College.