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diplomat019
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Paw infection

Post by diplomat019 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:16 pm

One week ago we hunted pretty good. It was cold and about 6-12 inches of snow. i noticed he had a little limp this week but i just assumed he might have hurt a paw while hunting. The limp got a little worse so i checked his paws. In between his toes he had a big red sore. Im thinking he must have cut his paw while hunting and it got infected. Can i treat this myself by cleaning it or is a vet needed. Thanks.
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Re: Paw infection

Post by diplomat019 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:16 pm

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Paw infection

Post by Shellottome » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:03 pm

I wouldn't go to the vet but I don't go to the vet at all I do my own vet work. Soak it in Epsom salt for a couple of days and get back if it doesn't start looking better.


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Re: Paw infection

Post by Sharon » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:32 pm

More likely a digital cyst. Read up on them in Google. Warm epsom salt foot soaks a couple times a day often helps, but sometimes you have to get the proper antibiotic from the vet.

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Re: Paw infection

Post by diplomat019 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:03 am

I kind of thought it was a digital cyst. I was doing a bunch of research and that's what it look like. I was cleaning it with some peroxide and I'm going to start soaking it in Epson salt. If that doesn't work then I'll take him to the vet.Thanks for the help.

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Re: Paw infection

Post by diplomat019 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:12 am

Is there anything I can give him over the counter?

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Re: Paw infection

Post by Sharon » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:55 pm

I've never found anything to work. The meds is not expensive.

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Re: Paw infection

Post by JTS » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:55 pm

My dog recently had a large swollen toe which looked like your dog's. My vet prescribed cephalexin and rimadyl and it went down in just a few days and he was back hunting by the end of the week.

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Re: Paw infection

Post by twistedoak » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:20 am

last year at the end of the season I had the same problem with my griff.
within 36 hrs a golf ball appeared between the toes on top of the foot .
puncture wounds when infection sets in, develop on the top of the foot.
the tougher pad closes up and doesn't weep.

in my case lancing was needed to clean it out and antibiotics

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Re: Paw infection

Post by Makintrax73 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:44 pm

My dog had something almost exactly like that this year. Ended up being a thorn in his foot. I went to the vet, got some Rymadil, and one pill reduced the swelling enough that I could see a black dot under the skin. Was able to pull it out and all better in a week w antibiotics.

Watch for a black spot surrounded by an abscess. Sure sign of a foreign body, most likely a thorn.

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Re: Paw infection

Post by diplomat019 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:37 pm

Quick update. Dogs paw is back to normal. I kept it extra clean. Daily soaks in epsom salt. Bacitracin and bandaged. Thanks for the advice! Good luck in the off season.

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