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my dogs leg is swollen from the paw to the body. She is tearing

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my dog's leg is swollen from the paw to the body. She is tearing away at the skin but she doesn't appear to be in any pain. Could this be a sting or bite of some type?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 5 years ago.
Hello there,

How long has this been going on?

What breed of dog?

Is the swelling hard or soft?

Is the dog limping?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
This developed yesterday afternoon. It is a jack russel terrier. The swelling is soft and the dog is limping.
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 5 years ago.
In a dog this age there could be several causes for a swollen leg. An insect bite, ruptured blood vessel, embolism, cancer and lymphatic obstruction are all possible. Benadryl is used at 1/2-1 mg per pound body weight every 8-12 hours as needed in dogs for an allergic reaction. If the swelling does not start to come down after a few doses, there is likely something more severe going on or you need stronger meds from your vet and the leg may need to be radiographed.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Is there anything that you would recommend applying to the raw skin area she has created by biting away her fur to stop her from continuing to tear out her fur?
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 5 years ago.
The sores can be cleaned with betadine solution or hydrogen peroxide 2-3 times a day, rinsed, dried and covered with Neosporin, bacitracin, cortisone cream or topical Benadryl.
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