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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? When was the last time you seen him urinate a full stream? Any history of urinary tract infection for Moses? Does he have any history of allergies?
Okay thanks for the additional information. With him straining and having the rust stained urine I would initially be concerned and want to rule out a UTI and most importantly possible bladder stones. Male dog can be prone to urinary blockage because of their anatomy. If that persists he may need to have a x-ray of his bladder done to rule out any evidence of stones. Has he had x-rays in the past? Or any bloodwork?
Okay you may want to get a urine sample and see if there are crystals in the urine. Depending on the crystals you may be able to dissolve them with a special diet or a supplement to add to the food. If he does have an urinary obstruction that is causing him to strain, he most likely will need some type of surgery to help As far as the sore on the foot, he may have some irritation from something like a bug bite or contact with something that he may be sensitive to. If the toe is infected then he may need antibiotics to help treat the issue as well.