How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask ask_me Your Own Question

ask_me, Obedience, breeding, showing
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 3105
Experience:  Well versed in all things canine! Knowledgeable in breeding, training and showing
Type Your Dog Question Here...
ask_me is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

my dog has a swollen pad on her foot

Customer Question

my dog has a swollen pad on her foot
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  ask_me replied 6 years ago.


Swollen pads can occur for many reasons. Some of the more common are cuts, infection, insect bite or sting, and interdigit cysts. Check in between the toes for anything out of the ordinary. You can than clean the feet with a pet safe antiseptic or saline solution. Child size cotton socks can be put over the foot (loosely) to provide some extra padding. Consider having her into your vet as these tend to need antibiotics. I hope she's doing better soon. -Robyn

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
there are no cuts or any thing i put neosporin on it it dont work she has all her shots. i need a better answer?
Expert:  ask_me replied 6 years ago.


Thanks for the additional information. If this has been going for a few months, you'll need to have her to your vet to have the area examined. Sometimes broken bones, deep nail infections, growths etc, can cause tissue inflammation as you are describing. If you do not currently have a vet, consider contacting your local SPCA. These can refer you to a sliding scale clinic so that the testing can be done. I hope she's doing better soon and if you need any other information let me know. -Robyn


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
it is the right hind foot its not by the toes . she has 4 in the front by the toes it is the larger one behind them.
Expert:  ask_me replied 6 years ago.


If it's just the one pad, and it's been going on for a few months, it's likely an infection. Your vet may need to drain it and/or prescribe antibiotics (about $15). You'll want to keep the area padded and limit activity. Additionally, some autoimmune disorders can cause blood vessel issues in the paw. While these are less common than infection, they can and do occur. I hope she's feeling better soon. -Robyn


JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Previous | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL

Meet The Experts:

  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • Joan's Avatar


    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • Candy's Avatar


    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • Theresa's Avatar


    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • Dr Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Dr Scott Nimmo


    Satisfied Customers:

  • Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew


    Satisfied Customers:

    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery