my dog has a ulcer like sore on his back paw...on the undeside below the first joint.
Optional Information: Age: 12; Male; Breed: chocolate labAlready Tried: the ulcer used to be on the side of the paw...wrapping the paw would result in the reddness going away...that is now "healed over"
Welcome to Just Answer! I would like to help you and your dog with this problem, but need a bit more information, please.
How long has this sore been there?
Does he lick at it?
Is it on a weight bearing part of the foot?
So, there was a previous one that healed, and now that is gone and there is a new one? On the same foot?
Does he limp on it?
Any chance of a closeup photo? I can tell you how to upload a photo if you are able to take one!
Reply to Dr.Fiona's Post: Hi--
I noticed the sore today (Sunday); he does not lick it; yes, it is on the weight bearing part of the paw; yes, it is on the same paw (the vet claimed the last "sore" was arthritic growth); and yes, he occasionally limps...but not regularly...he usually limps when he comes off a step wrong. I do have a digital camera if a photo would help you.
Well, you know how many words a photo is going to save us, right!?! ;-) It would be very helpful!
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Hope that works for you! Fiona
Sorry for taking so long to respond. The camera battery is dead (argh) and I wasn't able to find a replacement.
If I had been able to take a pic, here's what you would have seen. It is on the underside of the back, left paw; on the pad behind the first digit; it is round, pink red, ~ 1/2" in diameter; with a dark red "puncture-like" mark in the center that's ~1/16 in diameter.
I'm sorry I can't provide a pic.
Hmmmmm... was the previous wound on the medial aspect of the same pad? Is the lesion raised at all?
What I am wondering about is whether it could be a penetrating foreign body that went in on the side and is tracking through. If this were the case, I would expect to see signs of infection (purulent discharge, inflammation, pain, licking at it, swelling, etc).
Can you charge your batteries overnight so you can post a pic tomorrow?
What is the time frame for the 2 lesions? When did you notice the one on the side? How long did it take to close over? And then when did this appear on the plantar aspect of the foot?
Where do you live (state/province and country)?
Any redness between the digits on this foot or any others?
This is a puzzle!