Try Home Care Soaking for Swelling on Dog’s Foot
If irritation doesn’t subside, head to the vet.
Jon Geller, DVM
Q. My sister-in-law’s dog, Martha, had a swollen area between her toes, behind the pad on the middle toe, and now that same area has begun to bleed after she walks on it. My daughter has soaked it in an Epsom salt-warm water mixture for several weeks, and the swelling has gone down, and in fact she hasn’t been limping on it for the past four days. Can you suggest a course of remedy?
A. I am concerned that a foreign body is migrating in Martha’s foot. A thorn or other sharp-edged plant material may have gotten stuck in the foot, and then worked its way into the foot. The result is swelling, pain, and possible discharge. If there is an infection, the discharge would tend to be more pus than blood.
Repeating the foot soaks in Epsom salts or a disinfectant would be a good idea, twice a day for the next few days. To make disinfectant at home, purchase Betadine from the local drug store and dilute it to the color of weak tea with water. Anything more concentrated will actually be irritating to the wound.
Inspect and feel the swollen area carefully for any evidence of some embedded plant material. The soaking may allow it to back out enough to be pulled out. If there is no improvement in the next few days, it’s time for a trip to the vet.
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