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My labrador has a sore foot.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Charlie3999, Aug 26, 2013.


  1. Charlie3999

    Charlie3999 PetForums Newbie

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    A few weeks ago my Labrador had spot on the edge of her pad and it seemed to be getting worse. She ended up with a kind of boil between her toes. I took her to the vets and she said the was probably something in it and needed an x-ray to find out and some exploration. She had a general and it turns out she had in growing hairs in her paw, which she removed.

    She warned it may happen again and at worst taking her toe off to stop it. Since then she has developed them all over her foot. Surely these can't all be ingrowing hairs just on one foot. Can anyone shed any light on it. I'll post a couple of pictures.

    Ps I am going back to the vets, I just wanted to see if anyone has seen it before.

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    Lilylass PetForums VIP

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    Ohhhh poor lamb, that looks really painful :(

    Did the vet do any skin scrapes / tests?

    Looks like it could be some sort of infection / mite
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    It looks like it could be,
    Although often reffered to a interdigital cysts they are not actually cysts and
    are really called interdigital Furuncles.

    To save typing it all out and explaining causes, diagnosis and treatments, Merck veterinary manual link on the subject is below it should explain everything, but that looks like what might be the problem. It is more common in some breeds then others and the Labrador apparently is one of them. There are various causes so she will need more exploration if it is this as to why its happening.

    Overview of Interdigital Furunculosis: Interdigital Furunculosis: Merck Veterinary Manual
     
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  4. Charlie3999

    Charlie3999 PetForums Newbie

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    No she didn't, she operated because at first it looked like she has something in it. But when she opened her up, she said she had in growing hairs. Bt these all can't be can they?
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Think we cross posted and you missed my previous post, if you look back. With Interdigital furunculosis you can get an isolated one caused by a grass seed for example, but with bacterial cause for whatever reason, then then you can get several on one or more feet, and new ones developing. Its all explained in the link on the subject if you check back. Including all the causes, diagnosis and treatments and why treatment doesn't sometimes work.
     
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    Charlie3999 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you that does look like what it is. We go in the field every night and play. I wonder if its worth putting a sock on it. I've just read about bio virgin coconut oil and how it cured a guys dog from the same.
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    It depends what the cause is in the first place it can be more then one underlying cause and then deep rooted bacterial infection. Especially the sort she has where new ones keep appearing, its all in the treatment section if you look on the link.

    You could try it but if it doesn't work, then the underlying cause and infection could be getting worse in the meantime that's the problem.
     
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    Charlie3999 PetForums Newbie

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    I'm going to take her back to the vet, I've got insurance so that shouldn't be a problem
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Print the link off if you can it tells you all the testing she should be having to diagnose the cause, and all the treatment plans. Nowhere that I can see does it say they need an amputation. If your not happy you are within your rights to request a referral to a dermatology specialist, she would be covered on the insurance. You can even seek a second opinion form a second normal vet.

    I may be wrong, but it does sound and look suspiciously like Interdigital furuncles, even down to the new ones occurring.
     
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    She's not had them all winter and now its spring cand summer she has another. I winder if it's the grass seed type. Is there a way to stop it or treat it?
     
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