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Dog has something stuck in bottom


Dog has something stuck in bottom of his foot

A friend of mine had a dog that was diagnosed with a problem in the bottom of his foot. He had never really noticed anything like this before. This dog is a 2 year old boxer mix and weighs between 70 and 80 lbs. He is a nice dog that runs around and plays, he also bites and barks.

He was seen by a veterinarian. No problems on the surface of his foot. There is some kind of object in the bottom of his foot. It does not hurt, but he seemed to have some discomfort.

The problem is that it's a bit difficult to describe. It feels like there is something in there, and then there is something that pulls on the bottom of the foot. Sometimes when he tries to move his foot, it feels as if there is an object that is inside and is moving around inside the bottom of his foot.

This is not painful, but it seems to have some kind of affect.

This picture (if you scroll down to it) is the vet trying to explain what she was seeing on the inside of his foot. It looks like something that is trying to move from the inside of the foot, but can't get out.

I called the vet for a second opinion. There are no red flags in the dog. I asked the vet if this would need surgery and she said that she would tell me when she had a chance to talk to the patient (this was on Wednesday).

She told me that she would call me in a couple of days if surgery is necessary.

If you are wondering why I am asking questions about it, it's because the "stuck" object seems to move with the dog's foot. As the dog walks around, it moves around inside the foot. I really want to see if I can get this thing out. It seems that it might be something that is inside that is causing problems with the foot.

The vet's office is closed today. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks for the help so far.

I'll be curious to know what the vet says about this foot problem. If it needs surgery, is it simple? I've never had to do any foot surgery in 15+ years of dog owning, but I've had a few animals with feet that had issues with some sort of foreign object. I imagine the treatment would be similar for both humans and dogs?

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A dog only lives as long as you do.

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There are many, many vets out there. How lucky are we that your vets office is closed?

This does not sound good. I am really not sure if this should be an emergency or not. I do not want to put my dog through a foot procedure unless it needs to be done. Please keep us posted.

Your vet or a nearby emergency vet should have the proper instruments for removal of foreign objects, and can perform a general examination and imaging, if needed. I would be worried if this were not detected on X-rays, or if there were a systemic problem, especially if it was not being detected. The vet can also prescribe meds for pain management or if needed for anesthetization if there is a medical problem, if there is a need to perform this procedure. The vet may ask you to keep your dog under anesthesia (can be painful) for the procedure, if they suspect that there is a problem.

I would recommend following this protocol for the procedure:

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1. Have a vet examine the dog

2. Have X-rays taken. Use a portable X-ray machine, they are available at most vet clinics, they use a much smaller amount of radiation than a standard X-ray, and can be taken in the back of the clinic

3. If possible, perform some blood work with a portable blood gas monitor. If needed, this procedure is performed as a "blood draw" where blood is taken by vein to be tested, but the vein is in a different location than the foot. If this is not possible, the procedure may be completed via needle or scalpel. This procedure is also performed by a vet and is not as common.

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If the X-rays or blood work is normal, the possibility of the paw being fractured is eliminated. If the leg was recently fractured, you should also check if the bone has healed completely. If the leg is not broken and does not heal completely, the risk of infection is very high.

If the leg is broken, depending on the type of fracture, the leg may need to be casted and the cast may be in place for two to three weeks, although there are cast models that are lighter and can be used to cast a broken leg as soon as possible. Some fractures will heal in about 3 days. If the leg is broken in two or more places, then you will need to splint the leg and use a sling, bandage, or other method to stabilize the leg. If the leg is broken in a few places, then you may be able to use a plastic splint.

If you are not able to provide supportive care for the leg, antibiotics are not needed. If you notice swelling, the paw should be elevated and a cold pack applied for at least three hours per day. Pain relievers will also help if needed.

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After the fracture is set, exercise the leg to keep it strong and healthy.

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Soreness, if it occurs, is normal and should disappear after a few days.

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Keep the leg dry, clean, and free of excessive heat.

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Be careful when you are moving the leg in or out of a vehicle, as a broken bone can be dangerous. It is also important to be careful to avoid bending the leg to the side. This can place too much stress on the hip or leg.

I hope that this information has been helpful in providing you with basic information on broken bones in dogs. If you have additional questions, contact your veterinarian or contact the Petplan Animal Hospital. We are here to assist you and can provide advice on your dog’s condition.


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