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  • Dog Swollen Paws

    Reasons Behind Swollen Paws in Dogs

    As proud dog owners, we love our furry pooches and want nothing more than for them to be their happy, healthy selves. For many of us, the best part of our day is coming home to one or more overjoyed pets dancing and prancing around our feet, greeting us after a long day at the office. But when our four-legged friends are experiencing painful issues with their paws, they may be unable to come to jump up and tell us “hello.”

    Swollen paws are one of the most common health problems with pets, and they can cause much discomfort for your fur babies. This is why it’s important to regularly inspect your pet’s paws for any signs of swelling and to administer proper care when needed.

    In this article, we will discuss the reasons why your dog’s paws may be swelling and how you can give the best care to your pet in order to relieve pain and to ensure healing.

    Reasons for Swollen Paws

    There are many different things that could be causing your dog’s paws to swell. One of the most common reasons is the presence of a foreign object, such as a small stone or thorn, lodged in between the pads of your pet’s paw. Because your dog spends so much time outside, he or she is susceptible to many other different things that could cause swollen paws, such as insect bites, bee stings, and puncture wounds. In addition, if you tend to take your pooch for long walks in the summer, the hot asphalt can burn the pads of your dog’s paws, leading to swelling.

    Other reasons behind swollen paws include the following:

    • allergies
    • persistent licking or chewing of the paws
    • broken toe or nail

    More serious but less common causes for swollen paws are bacterial or fungal infections, heart issues, and tumors. Because these reasons may require a specific type of treatment, it’s important to take your dog to the vet if you suspect that any of these causes are behind their swollen paws.

    Signs That You Should Watch For

    Any issues with your dog’s paws should be easy to spot since any pain will make it difficult for your pooch to walk. If you notice that your dog is limping, then you should take a look at your dog’s paws right away. Other symptoms of swollen paws include:

    • cracked and bleeding paws
    • a foul odor
    • constant biting of the nails and the paws
    • paws appear red and are warm to the touch

    How You Can Care for Your Dog at Home

    Since swollen paws can be very painful for your pet, you’ll want to provide immediate care once you determine that one or more of your dog’s paws is swollen. You should first check to see if there is a foreign object wedged between the pads of your dog’s paw. If there is, then try to use tweezers to remove the object. Afterwards, wash your pet’s foot with warm, soapy water to avoid infection.

    If your pet has burned their paws on hot asphalt, then soaking their paws in cool water should help to alleviate the pain. However, if the burns appear to be really bad, you should visit your vet as soon as possible.

    You will also want to visit your vet if your dog was bitten or stung, as this type of injury can cause an allergic reaction that could be dangerous for your pet.

    Finally, if you cannot deduce the reason for your dog’s swollen paws or you notice an abnormal lump that could be a tumor, you should see your vet so that the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated, and your dog can begin the healing process.

    Vet Checking Dog Swollen Paws

    Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital

    The medical team at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency are dedicated to providing your furry friends with the best of care. With springtime approaching, the risk of swollen paws in your pet will increase. If your dog seems to be in a lot of pain, don’t hesitate to have our staff examine your pooch for any signs of allergic reactions, broken toes, or pesky infections in their paws.

    We proudly serve pet owners in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and in areas nearby Ventura County.

    posted on April 20, 2020 at 3:26 pm by Doctor Ron