Those emergency clincs do not know about hunting dogs and gunk getting in the paw pad. Best of luck.
He did a pretty thorough exam of her paw. I did as well. Can't really find a wound or gunk or anything. He seemed pretty confident. She's on antibiotics now. If it's not better in a day or two I'll take her back.
I just looked at it some more. Pad is red and has some pockets of fluid between toes. The vet did mention that as well. Not really noticing "gunk".
It takes some digging for the vet to get in there. It can be just very small piece of moss/mud that got inside the pad, from a small thorn hole. If not gotten out the first time, and in a timely fashion, it normally requires 1) vets goes back in there and gets it out and 2) a hole is left in the pad so it can drain, and normally reqires flushing for days.
Last time it happened to my dog, vet told me she looked and did not find anything, and I knew she just did not look hard enough, and sure enough a was back in there a few hours later because the swelling got worse and worse.