Mar 16, 2014

Carmeh has a big problem :((

Saturday night of yet another long weekend in Mexico and we discover that Carmeh has a huge ouch!

One of her toes on the front left paw is swollen to 3 times the size it should be and has an ugly looking sore.

What to do?  We couldn’t find any vets that were open.  I spent a lot of time googling the situation.  We had no idea what to think, an ant bite ( no she wasn’t in agony with the itch ), a spider bite ( possible but in the past her face swells ), a broken toe ( don’t think so as she doesn’t yelp when we manipulate it ) and we could not find any thorns or spear grass but we haven’t ruled that out.

She does not seem to be in pain although she is limping and of course wants to lick and lick and lick it some more.  That is how we discovered the problem by her licking and gnawing at her paw.  I found some Viaderm-K.C., a topical corticosteroid, in my dog first aid box and applied that with gauze on top and then a wrap held in place with masking tape.  We did that twice last night.

This morning we borrowed some epsom salts from a friend in RV2 and made her soak her paw for 10 minutes.

She is such a good patient that after a minute she just sat there on her own holding her paw in the warm solution.

After drying her paw I applied more Viaderm and wrapped it up again.

The wrap lasted just over an hour. She bit it off. So now we are taking turns sitting and watching her so she does not lick.

We would appreciate any suggestions you might have.  Meanwhile we will repeat the soaking in epsom salts three more times today along with the Viaderm cream.

I don’t think we will find a vet open until Tuesday but will give our vet in Kelowna a call Monday morning.

Meanwhile Caeli wanted to know why she wasn't getting her photo taken.

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10 Responses to “Carmeh has a big problem :((”

  1. Peter says:

    That looks nasty! I think you’re on the right track with the treatment. Possibly a spider bite.

  2. Croft says:

    Poor girl! I hope you find out what it is quickly!

  3. Janet Ashworth says:

    Our fur babies, when they are in trouble, no one can describe the worry!
    Hope the situation sorts itself out soon!

  4. Dolores tanner says:

    Oh, so sorry about the sore paw!!! Hope you get an answer soon. Can’t imagine Luci sitting like that with her paw in water…. such a good girl!!!

  5. longdog2 says:

    Oh my goodness, poor baby. I think I would try half a benedril pill morning and night. It should help with the swelling and won’t hurt her. I can’t believe she is sitting there soaking. On the other hand, I know all about how quickly they can get a bandage off.

  6. chris says:

    Get well soon. It’s hard to get those things to heal when they are always wanting to lick the wound. Patience. b2tw

  7. Looks nasty, hope you find a remedy soon.

  8. susie says:

    Poor Carmeh, hoping she’s all healed.. Been so lucky with Sara..

    • contessa says:

      Susie…..she is going much better, almost normal.

      Margie….good to hear form you but sad to read about your Westie. Carmeh’s toe swelling did go down with the epsom salts and the antibiotics are working and the actual toe swelling is also going down.

  9. Margie says:

    Looks like the same type of tumor that my Westie had on his foot. It popped up overnight. It did not hurt him but looked ugly. I had it surgically removed. If it is the same thing, no ointments or salves or soakings will have any affect. The vet told me that I could have it biopsied (sp??) to see if it was cancerous, but I passed as even if it was I would not put him through chemo. that was 2 years ago and he is fine! Keep us updated on Carmeh’s progress..

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