Swollen Paws in Dogs

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 09 March 2015 - 11:29 am IST

Swollen Paws is a very common problem for dogs. Although the condition is generally not very dangerous, depending upon the cause of the problem, it could be very uncomfortable for the dogs and could be highly painful as well.

Signs and Symptoms:

It is very important to look out for signs of limping or favoring of one leg in case of pets. Any hobbling should be investigated thoroughly. Attention should be given to the top or the underside of the paws for signs of swelling or pain. This kind of attention is very fundamental in order to assess any kinds of lameness.

Causes of Swelling:

Swollen Paws are mainly caused due to a foreign object which has been trapped inside the pads or the toes of the dog. Often, insect or spider bites, puncture wounds, broken toes, fractured claws or consistent chewing or licking are some of the major reasons behind swollen paws. Pad burns which have been caused due to running on hot asphalt are also some of the most common reasons behind swollen paws.

Care and Treatment:

  • Check out for signs of objects which have been caught between the pads or the toes.
  • Check for any signs of insect stings or puncture wounds.
  • Remove the trapped item between the paws with the help of tweezers and wash the paws with warm and soapy water.
  • If you can’t see anything which has been trapped between the paws, check the dog’s leg for signs to make sure that there is no constricting matter which has been trapped in between.
  • Soak the paw in a mixture of Epsom salt solution. Spending ten minutes in hot water is an excellent solution for swelling.
  • If you can see a lesion and the swelling does not subside on its own, check with your vet for further treatment and advice.

Prevention of Swollen Toes:

Check your dog’s paws or pads for signs of burns when you get back home from exercising. Check the paws especially when you come back after running from overgrown ground, jagged terrain as well as hot asphalt. This problem is very common in summers. 

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