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#5925847 - 09/12/15 09:02 PM Labs swollen paw?
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My lab was limping just a little after this morning hunt but it wasn't enough that it concerned me. We left home about 3 and just got back.

Her paw is now very swollen and she will not put pressure on it.

Bite?
Sprain?





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#5925909 - 09/12/15 09:37 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Happen to my lab and ended up being a bite but could be something different. There was a hole where he was bit so check for that

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#5925912 - 09/12/15 09:39 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Have you looked for any marks/holes? She could have gotten poked by something.
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#5925914 - 09/12/15 09:39 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Swollen paw has never "just fixed itself" with my dog, and it has been about 3 times. Always something pokes between her pad underneith, gunk gets in there, and swelling does not go away until gunk is cleared. Not good, call me if you want to talk about it, pm sent....

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#5925928 - 09/12/15 09:55 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Thanks. I went ahead and took her into an emergency vet clinic. Good news. Not a snake bite. Possibly infected thorn or something like that. She'll be ok.


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#5925931 - 09/12/15 10:02 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Don't take ok for an answer. Make sure all gunk is cleared from hole in pad, if they say they do do see anything, then they did not find the gunk in there. You will just be back in there later tonight if they do not clear out all the gunk in her paw.

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#5925933 - 09/12/15 10:05 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: Guy]
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Those emergency clincs do not know about hunting dogs and gunk getting in the paw pad. Best of luck.

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#5925936 - 09/12/15 10:06 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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My buddy's lab had same issue 2 weeks ago. Could be dry strike, or twisted in hole. Take dog to vet and get it drained if doesn't go down in a day or 2. 13yr old lab is well now. She had shallow breathing- we thought she was done
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#5925964 - 09/12/15 10:30 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: Guy]
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Originally Posted By: Guy
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.


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#5925973 - 09/12/15 10:38 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
Originally Posted By: Guy
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".

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#5926001 - 09/12/15 11:47 PM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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If you find the entry point you can squeeze out the funk and clean it real good.
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#5926047 - 09/13/15 03:13 AM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
Originally Posted By: Guy
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.

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#5926282 - 09/13/15 10:16 AM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Swelling might have slightly gone down.

She still has a good bit of drainage coming from the underside of her paw. I have really tried to find an entry point or a hole but can't really find one.

Here are some photos of the most swollen area where she is having the pus come out. Before and after I cleaned it a bit.




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#5926303 - 09/13/15 10:39 AM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: BradyBuck]
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The area where the drainage is coming from is more than likely your point of concern.
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#5926309 - 09/13/15 10:45 AM Re: Labs swollen paw? [Re: Fooshman]
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Thorn or barb wire wound I'd bet. Any mesquite where you were hunting?
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