(Closed) How to reduce swelling in a dog paw?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

First, cold reduces swelling and inflammation.  Avoid heat, as it can aggravate these.  Most likely it is only swollen from too much exertion yesterday.

Second, keep a close eye on the sore and bring her back to the vet if it doesn’t improve or worsens.  Not to panic you, but years ago we lost a dog to cancer, and the only outward sign was a sore on his paw.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Picture please, my dog had cancer in his paw! We had the vet perform surgery on it, removed the three toes infected, $1000 later and 2 weeks later he was dead. Your vet had better check for cancer now, wonder why they didn’t the first time they saw it?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Not to be awkward or gross, but do you happen to have a pic of the paw/sore or any detailed description on the size, coloring and location? Also, does she try to lick it/get at it?

As far as swelling, I agree about cold therapy and also keep up with the soaking! When my horse got an abscess, I did soaks in a epsom salt bucket , and actually duck taped a diaper to her hoof/foot for a while when it was critical I didn’t get anything in it lol.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m sure you’ve thought of this already but take her to another vet, especially if you’re not thrilled with your current one.  Or maybe find an office that has multiple vets in it so you could always get a second opinion.  Definitely ice the paw to reduce swelling and get to the vet asap.  Hope your pup feels better soon!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@happyface:  Picture please, my dog had cancer in his paw! We had the vet perform surgery on it, removed the three toes infected, $1000 later and 2 weeks later he was dead. Your vet had better check for cancer now, wonder why they didn’t the first time they saw it?

How sad!  We lost a dog to the same thing, only ours died on the table.  Biopsy came back positive after he had passed, and the vet said it had likely spread throughout his body by that point.

Sorry to threadjack, OP!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh dear, yeast is a bear to deal with! There are some homeopathic methods out there ( pills, tinctures, shampoos etc), but most people find the only true way to get rid of it is to use drugs, which as you know basically perpetuates the issue. It can be a viscous cycle.

Perhaps at your vet appt ( or a new vet! If you think they stink) they could do some skin cultures or biopsy on the area to see if its fungal or what not.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@cbee:  Epsom salt soak, for sure. Disolve as much epsom salt in the water as you can. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yay, glad she’s improving!!!

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