Well, at some point in our hike early evening tonight (me and DH biking, dogs running off leash along with us), Zoso tore the thick top layer off of both front pads on the "palm" part of the paw. We went home, fed the dogs, and he came back upstairs and fell asleep. Woke him back up for the last potty of the night and he was limping pretty badly. Noticed the torn pads and I made him stick his feet in a bucket of water to try and clear any debris out and applied Bactine to further flush it and triple antibiotic ointment. I then put an e-collar on him so he won't lick off the ointment. I called the emergency vet who said he was probably not needing of an emergency visit, but perhaps an office visit on Monday. *whew!* It's not bleeding, just kind of raw and painful with the skin kind of partially hanging there. Any further suggestions? I'm sure he will also be a big pain not exercising him for a week, I have a feeling...