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Othello

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Age:3
Gender:Female
Breed:springer
Neutered:No

Swollen Paw

My ten year old springer has woken up with a swollen paw, she was running like a loony on a long walk this afternoon ( mixture of rough woodland and stoney beach / swimming ) happily walked in fine and normally from car after walk. Once home been asleep for two hours with my other dog but when she got up for her dinner she was limping and has a swollen front paw, across the whole top of the foot. No obvious sign of injury or wound on her foot or between toes, no heat, no reaction from her AT ALL to having foot being looked at, poked and prodded or pressure at any place? Fully alert and happy herself, ate dinner normally, nice pink gums etc. Any ideas what it could be? Many thanks

30/9/17

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Martina Stuart

Good morning.
I am sorry I have just found this message not because I was out raving last night but because I am fighting a bad cold and have just woken from a long sleep,
I presume that you have checked that there is no thread or similar wrapped rounded the paw.
Assuming there is no then the next most likely in view of the intitial lack of response to pressure is a puncture wound so a minute examination with a bright light and even a magnifying glass is the next step,
If nothing is found and she is still not distressed by pressure or pain then I would be dunking the whole foot in a warm ( just able to put your finger in comfortably) strong salt or Epsom salt solution.
If she is distressed or lamer then don't feed her and get her to a vet today.
Do not give her any pain moderating medication either human or animal.
I hope this helps and i again apologise for the delay in responding.
Please keep us informed of progres.

1/10/17

Martina Stuart

Good morning.
I am sorry I have just found this message not because I was out raving last night but because I am fighting a bad cold and have just woken from a long sleep,
I presume that you have checked that there is no thread or similar wrapped rounded the paw.
Assuming there is no then the next most likely in view of the intitial lack of response to pressure is a puncture wound so a minute examination with a bright light and even a magnifying glass is the next step,
If nothing is found and she is still not distressed by pressure or pain then I would be dunking the whole foot in a warm ( just able to put your finger in comfortably) strong salt or Epsom salt solution.
If she is distressed or lamer then don't feed her and get her to a vet today.
Do not give her any pain moderating medication either human or animal.
I hope this helps and i again apologise for the delay in responding.
Please keep us informed of progres.

1/10/17

Othello

Thanks for the reply, hope you feel better soon! We nearly ended up any emergency vet last night as I felt bad seeing her on three legs, Well I have no idea what it was with her paw.......this morning it was still swollen but she was using it normally again, no limping at all. We left dogs at home whilst we went and saw to the horse and shopping, got home and the has 75% gone! Still slightly puffy, but other than that back to normal. Weird! I'm guessing must of been some sort of sting or something to come and go so quickly?

1/10/17

Martina Stuart

Almost certainly a sting then.

2/10/17

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