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cactus needle in dogs toe
xshivax posted:
My dog had a cactus needle removed from his toe a few months ago. He is still limping though and I believe there is another needle in his toe somewhere. My vet put him on antibiotics for 30 days to see if it would push out whatever was in his toe. The incision keeps opening up, then healing, then opening up again. This has been going on too long. The needle was very fine and flexible. I don't think it will come out. Will it show up on an ultrasound? I don't think I can afford one, but feel so bad for my dog. I soak his foot in epsom salts and betadyne too and still nothing. My vet is doing the best he can with the situation.
I just want my dog to be normal again.
Thank you.
Ernie Ward, DVM responded:
Ouch! I definitely encourage you to see your vet. I agree, I don't think an ultrasound will help. The best course is to thoroughly investigate the site surgically. All of these symptoms indicate to me there's more going on in your poor baby's toe. Next! Good luck!
xshivax replied to Ernie Ward, DVM's response:
We have an appt on Saturday. If needed this will be the third surgery on the same toe. The second surgery was to remove a corn in the pad on the same toe. If the cactus needle would just come to the surface my troubles would be over. It is in there hiding. My vet doesn't want to operate unless there is good reason to. Thank you for your response. The cactus went into the trash. I wish I would of gotten rid of it before I adopted Byron.


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