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I am so very sorry to hear about your little Tiger. Ideal is to have your veterinarian evaluate your dog to definitively diagnose the problem and rule out a fracture in that swollen toe, likely start him on appropriate medication to control the discomfort. Until you are able to do this please restrict activity (which often they are already doing themselves but that means no steps/ stairs and only carrying to go potty) and rotating warm and cool compresses on the foot in ten minute intervals to reduce pain and increase blood flow.Also please no licking as this can introduce oral bacteria to the area and aggravate the swelling further.
I would avoid over the counter pain medications as it will interfere with what your veterinarian may prescribe but I do worry with swelling and lameness this toe might have a fracture and should be x-rayed to rule out this diagnosis.
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Good morning, I wanted to check in on Tiger to see if he is more comfortable or if I can assist with any additional questions?
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