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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am sorry to hear Lou has this swelling which definitely sounds concerning. The possible causes include a blood clot in the leg (which would be a cooler temperature than the other feet), a break in the leg which can happen without any instigating causes at this age if there is a possibility of bone cancer, a lymphatic drainage issue meaning the leg isn't draining well, or infection. Regardless of the cause this does require a veterinary exam, especially if he is so painful to not allow you to evaluate the leg we certainly don't want him to remain in pain.In addition, we are going into a weekend and I would hate for you to end up at a veterinary er because this is not subsiding. Your veterinarian will want to do an examination and possibly an x-ray of the leg to rule out a break. If there is a fever antibiotics maybe warranted but regardless he needs to be on pain medication to aid in getting him comfortable first and foremostI hope this information makes sense. Without him willing to allow you to evaluate the leg this is the best course of action to provide relief and get answers for Lou. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today
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I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, I hope you were able to get Lou in to determine the cause of the swelling and would love an update when you are able...
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