Dog Broken Paw?

by Sarah

Swollen Red Dog Paw

Swollen Red Dog Paw

My dog yesterday was in her cage and it started to Thunder outside and she is super afraid of thunder. And when i opened her cage she kept lifting her paw up periodically and now this morning its all swollen, red & looks to be like theirs a clear puss like shine on the toe and today she is not walking on it.

Editor Suggestion for Possible Broken or Fractured Bone in Paw

Hi Sarah,

Based on the symptoms you describe it seems your dog may have injured her paw, possibly during her distress from the thunder.

Broken toes and fractured claws are common causes of a swollen paw.

The redness, swelling, and clear discharge could indicate an infection or an abscess (collection of pus), possibly from a cut or scrape. While a broken bone is possible, it's less likely if the only signs are swelling and redness.

However, it's important to understand that it can be difficult to accurately diagnose these conditions without an in-person examination, and I would highly recommend seeking veterinary care for your dog. You should never attempt to treat a suspected infection or injury at home, as this can lead to complications and further harm.

Until you can get her to a vet, here are a few things you can do:

Keep her calm and comfortable: Limit her activity to prevent further injury. Try to keep her off the affected paw as much as possible.

According to PetMD soaking the paw in Epson salt solution can often be beneficials, regardless of the cause of the swelling. Soak the paw for ten minutes in comfortably hot water with dissolved Epsom salts.

Don't try to clean the wound if you can't see it clearly: You may cause more damage. It's better to let a vet handle it.

Don't apply any human medications or creams: Many human medicines can be toxic to dogs.

Remember, this is just advice based on the information you've provided and I am not a veterinarian.

If the swelling doesn't quickly get better, or if your dog continues to favor other paws, call your Vet for guidance. Most cases will require veterinary care. The vet will be able to properly diagnose and treat your dog's condition.

Please keep us up to date on your dog's condition. I hope this information helps and that your dog feels better soon! 🐾

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

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