Almost 3 weeks ago Bella developed a very swollen front paw. The vet suspected a foreign body. She was put on antibiotics to prevent infection, and we had to go back a few days later for a check up. The idea was that the swelling would subside and we would have a clearer picture of the location of the foreign body so as to remove this in the least invasive way. Well the swelling subsided so much so that the paw looked normal. The vet said we should wait and see how things progress, as it is possible that the original swelling had been caused by bacteria than entered the paw (possibly though a forgein bidy which went in and out the same time). Well, a week after the orignal vet visit Bella's paw made a tiny cyst where we suspected the foreign to be, but this burst at home justa few hours before visitng the vet. It is possible that when it burst the foreign body came out with it. I found no evidence of anything that may have been inside her paw but its possible the girl ate it. Anyway, we went to the vet, who used a tool to go through the hole created by the cyst to see if he could find a foreign body. This was done under local anaesthetic and no sedation, and I am really proud of how cooperative Bella was. The vet spent a good 10 minutes in the surgery room looking throoughly at the paw, feeling, using the tool to see if there was any fistula present (indication that a foreign body had entered the paw) and he could find nothing. He suggested we continue with antibiotics and leave Bella for a few days to see if the paw will heal on its own as there was no evidence of a forgein body still being present. Bella's paw did improve, albeit slowly, but the hole where the cyst burst almost closed up, and the wound seemed to be healing. She was examined by the vet last Friday who said he would have expected the paw to have improved more than it had done, but seeing it had improved he was happy to leave it like that and asked to monitor her. Sorry for the really long introduction to my question...but I am getting there. Today is 4 days since the last vet visit, and I have seen no further improvement. There is also occasional weeping (but not puss, just clear liquib/blood) from the hole where the cyst burst. The next step is sedation or possibly even G A to make an incision in the paw and see if there is anything inside. This will require stitches and rest, and probably the dreaded buster collar. DO you think it is worth waiting a little longer to avoid the GA and surgery? Or have we given Bella a fair chance and it's time to be more invasive now?