by Tyler Furden
(Massillon, Ohio, United States)

She is approximately 7 years old, 46 pounds, and appears to be a (Dakota Sport) which does not sound like a real breed of dog but who am I to decide that. All four of her paws are swollen and she chews them all the time, and when she does take a break they shake. She has the mucus like excretions on both eyes which the vet said was a sign of food allergies and she has recently developed bumps on either side of her body on the left front side on the rib cage and on the back right right above the stomach. The last two days her feet have bothered her so much she is barely willing to walk to her food or water bowl and we have had to manually feed her. Taking her to vet soon but I figured maybe I could learn more here.

Editor Suggestion For Treating Swollen Paws and Bumps on the Body

Hi Tyler,

It's good that you're taking your dog to the vet soon, as it sounds like she is experiencing a number of symptoms that require medical attention. Here are some possible explanations for the symptoms you described:

Swollen paws and excessive chewing: This can be a sign of allergies, particularly food allergies or environmental allergies such as pollen or dust. It can also be a symptom of a skin infection or a parasite infestation such as mange. Your vet may recommend a skin test to determine the underlying cause of the swelling and provide appropriate treatment.

Eye discharge: As your vet suggested, this can be a sign of food allergies. However, it can also be a symptom of other conditions such as conjunctivitis or dry eye syndrome. Your vet can examine your dog's eyes and recommend appropriate treatment.

Bumps on the body: These could be a variety of things, including skin tags, cysts, or tumors. Your vet can examine them and determine whether further testing is necessary.

Reluctance to walk: This could be due to pain in the paws or legs, or it could be a symptom of a systemic illness such as arthritis or Lyme disease. Your vet may recommend X-rays or blood tests to determine the underlying cause.

It's important to note that without a physical examination and diagnostic testing, it's impossible to determine the exact cause of your dog's symptoms. However, the information provided here may give you an idea of what to expect at your vet appointment and what questions to ask your vet.

Best to you and your dog.

Dog Health Guide

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