Dogs like most other outdoor animals are susceptible to thorn, sticks and nail stabs on their paws. The pain is as real albeit the dog might try to keep strong. The first sign you will notice is of course a limping. Depending on the size of the thorn or extent and point of penetration on the paw, the dog will express pain differently. In extreme cases, the canine won’t manage to walk on that foot and will be seen hoping on threes.
The first option you have is to try and remove the thorn at home. If not that, you can take the pet to the nearby vet. You need to know at what point you cannot handle the task and refer it to the vet for instance when the thorn is too deep in to the skin or when it’s so painful and quite apparent that the canine does not want anyone touching the paw.
In most cases though, the dog will also be willing to sit still as you try to remove the foreign object. Ask a friend to hold her as you examine the paw. Use a torch to try and see the extent of penetration and the general condition of the paw. Wipe the paw gently with a moist swab. In as much as the pet is also willing that the pain is removed, the word gentle here cannot be overemphasized.
If you notice that thorn stub is protruding the skin, use clean tweezers to pull the thorn out. Ensure that you first get a tight grip without exerting pressure on the paw. Pull out quickly. Pulling out fast will be quite painful for the pet, but it’s helpful.
But incase you are unable to remove the thorn; it is advisable you take the pet to the vet. Some surgical removal, antiseptic and bandage might be necessary.