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Still having issue with the Paw, any tips on soothing?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by vickieb, Oct 23, 2012.


  1. vickieb

    vickieb PetForums VIP

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    Hi all,

    just to re cap on the issue, In January Ern had a op on his paw to remove a lump in between the toes. AS the area was large they sowed his toes together so there isnt much if any 'give' when he walks

    Now this has been giving him jip ever since..... we have been time and time again to the vets, its was getting infected, but now, it just gets sore after a big run.

    My question is, does anyone have any tips on how to soothe a sore paw. I bathe in epsom salt, and he has some metacam if the limp is real bad..... I was also going to start rubbing aloe vera gel on it again. Its not an open wound...... it just gets, sore.... but doenst look red or anything

    Im giving it say another 2 months and if we are still the same back we go again to the vets! the sad thing is, he is 2 years old and has had this issue for a year! thats half is life limping! :(

    any ideas will be greatly received :eek:
     
  2. CavalierOwner

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    Sorry to hear about Ern! :( They actually sewed his toes together?? Was the original lump on the skin between his toes? When I worked at racing kennels we had a dog who split his web (not completely but it wouldn't heal properly because he was constantly walking or running around when playing so we had the web cut back at the vets (rehomed him after) so that he didn't have the skin joining his two toes together. As you say there is supposed to be 'give' when a dog walks because the toes stretch so I find it bizarre that they have stitched them together rather than cutting the skin back :confused: do you have any pics?

    Can his toes not be separated and the skin stitched because I would have thought that it would be sore forever because his toes cant move how they are meant to.

    You could try smothering his paw in vaseline before walks but I'm not sure whether it would work. :eek:
     
  3. catseyes

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    #3 catseyes, Oct 23, 2012
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  4. mel@fish

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    Bio Oil can be massaged in daily and help with the elasticity. Its costly but worth it.:)
     
  5. catseyes

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    Is bio oil safe for them to lick at though??
     
  6. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Im not surprised its causing problems. Is he insured? If he is personally I would be asking for a refferal to a specialist and see what can be done if anything.

    In the meantime there is Camrosa ointment this as well as being soothing and healing also acts like a barrier that doesnt wash off or melts in heat, so that may help with some protection as well as actually treating it. If you want
    to read more about camrosa and where to order it.
    Camrosa - Dogs

    Its got many uses sore paws being one of them.

    On there too is dog boots you can get to use in conjunction with the ointment.

    Also SASS whi make the sled dog equipment also make various dog boots for when the huskys are running on rough trails to protect their feet, as they are all hand made to measure size of dog/feet isnt a problem so that may be an alternative too. If you want to look at those
    - SASS Dog Equipment

    I would ceertainly think about getting a refferal though, if you try putting your index finger and middle finger pushed closely together as if they are attached and try moving them together like Ive just done, its bloody uncomfortable Ive just tried it, I should imagine after doing it for awhile it would really start to get sore and painful so I can imagine the problems you are having.
     
  7. vickieb

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    see thats exactly what I think..... there is no give at all.....

    maybe I should try to explain better as I have no pix.....

    if you feel in between a normal paw, you can put your finger all the way through, just like you can our own toes.......

    with his right paw..... you can put your finger in but the 2 pads are fussed at the bottom.... so say if you put your finger at the top and thumb under the paw.... your finger and thumb wouldnt meet as there is fussed skin there. does that make sense?

    Do you have to ask your vet for a referal? I have been thinking about going to another vet, but mine is highly rated in the area so was unsure what to do.

    I personally think the fussed bit needs to be split, in fact some of the issues have been the wound splitting after running about.

    TBH I just dont know what to do for the best...... apart from soothe the pain (thanks for your help there Catseyes :D)

    oh and yes he is insured.... thank god.... altho I have only been able to claim the biggies back, the other appointments have come to £50 or 60 pounds........ Probs spent about £900 on this so far.....
     
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  8. CavalierOwner

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    Jeez, that must be so uncomfortable for Ern :( I think he needs his toes separating! I would speak to the vet ASAP.

    Every time a dog applies pressure onto their foot when walking/running their toes spread apart and if his toes aren't moving the way they are meant to it must be so painful after walking for a while. :(
     
  9. Sled dog hotel

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    Its just doesnt sound like a practical functioning solution, I know certain areas with surgery you havent got a lot of skin sometimes but Ive never heard of this. I know some vets are more skilled at surgery then others. Mines ace at surgery and so neat with incisions and stitching, I often joke I know where to come if I ever want a face lift. Even if they did try to surgically do something I dont know as I would have faith in them to be honest if he was mine.

    I know there was a thread once whos lady had a dog that had dying skin and her GP was doubtful something could be done surgical wise and got a refferal and they managed to sort him out. I would be asking for a refferal if he was mine to be honest.
     
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