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Very swollen paws

Postby mgrucker » Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:15 am

Pheasant opener was this weekend any my 8 month old pudelpointers first real hunting trip. I guess we overdid it a bit because all four of his pads/toes are now severely swollen. I'll be calling the vet to make an appointment as soon as they open this morning but wanted to know if there was anything else I could be doing in the meantime. He has had some problems with skin infections that we think might be allergy related so I've given him benadryl last night and this morning to see if that does anything but doesn't seem to have an affect. I also soaked his feet for about 15 minutes in the bath and tried to make sure there was nothing stuck in there. I didn't see anything but it's hard to say since he's not very cooperative with me checking, he doesn't even want to walk let alone let me poke around. It's all four paws though and they are pretty beat up. I also picked up some epsom salt this morning to soak his feet with since I read that can help with swelling and will try that later today. He's also licking them a lot so I'll be picking up a cone today since I assume I need to prevent that. Anything else to do or just wait for the vet?
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby blue04 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:40 am

All 4 paws at the same time would seem to indicate over-use rather than injury. But I'd be headed to the vet for an opinion.
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby mgrucker » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:46 am

blue04 wrote:All 4 paws at the same time would seem to indicate over-use rather than injury. But I'd be headed to the vet for an opinion.


That's what I was thinking too and I have an appointment for this afternoon. Thanks.
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:55 am

Epsom salt soaks can be soothing and prevent infection.

How much Benadryl are you giving for your dogs weight? I wouldn't expect it to be helpful for this but most people under-dose so it's worth checking.
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby mgrucker » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:07 am

Misskiwi67 wrote:How much Benadryl are you giving for your dogs weight? I wouldn't expect it to be helpful for this but most people under-dose so it's worth checking.


He weighs about 52 lbs and I gave him 50mg.
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby orhunter » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:09 am

I doubt a vet will offer much. Rest and epsom salt is all the dog needs.
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby mgrucker » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:24 am

orhunter wrote:I doubt a vet will offer much. Rest and epsom salt is all the dog needs.


Thanks, I hope so! I also want them to check out his eye that got pretty beat up, didn't mention that. I'm sure that will be fine on it's own too but it doesn't cost anything to check since I'm on a "wellness plan" with vet that is a flat monthly fee and any visit is included and you just pay for medicines or extra services. I've been getting my money's worth with this dog but I wonder what they must think I'm doing to this poor dog. :shock:
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:35 am

mgrucker wrote:
Misskiwi67 wrote:How much Benadryl are you giving for your dogs weight? I wouldn't expect it to be helpful for this but most people under-dose so it's worth checking.


He weighs about 52 lbs and I gave him 50mg.


Perfect. Hopefully a couple days off is all he needs. Keep us posted!
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby orhunter » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:06 am

Getting your money's worth." Yea, hunting dogs have a habit of doing this to their owners. I spent more on vet bills in the first couple of months of getting my last dog and in the end, I had to diagnose the problem myself as the vet was clueless.
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Re: Very swollen paws

Postby Steve Anker » Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:03 pm

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