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My dogs paw pad looks infected?? Help please!
kenjismum posted:
Hello! On Saturday night my dog, a 1.5 year old Shiba Inu male, got sick and threw up, he must have ate some grass because thats all that came up when he threw up (3 times). He didn't eat all day Saturday or Sunday. We also noticed a slight limp when he was walking on Saturday. Sunday night when I took him to the bathroom he had really bad diarreha. Sunday night he ate some chicken and rice. On Monday he went to the bathroom in the morning and it was a little solid. He seemed to eat a little on Monday. Continuing to limp on Monday, I looked at his front paws and found one of his paw pads on his left leg is white and crusty and looks like there could be something in there?? I tried to look in between his paw pads, it looked a little red at first glace, but Kenji won't let me touch his paw, he always pulls it back like he's in pain. It's now Tuesday, he hasn't eaten really all day. He took a solid elimination this morning, but I haven't seen him eat. I tried soaking his paw in Epsom salt and warm water but he hates the water when he thinks it's bath. He looks miserable and is sleeping all day, his energy is definitely not where it usually is. We have an appt with the vet on Thursday morning, but I wanted to see if anyone could help in the meantime. Thank you!
Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi kenjismum,

If your dog isn't eating well, please call your vet and get your dog in sooner rather than on Thursday so your Shiba Inu can be looked at to see what may be wrong with him.

Before your visit please take a look at the Dog Conditions A-Z and the Dog Symptoms A-Z to see if you can find an article that may be helpful.

Won't you write back and let us know how your boy is doing once he's been seen by a vet?

- Annie
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