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I''ve given him low dow aspirin for three days as he's gotten much worse in the last 4 or 5 days -- He hates it when I look at his feet and fights and then goes off by himself if I even try, but I did look carefulyl three or four days ago -- couldn't see anything on his pads, but he is constantly licking that paw. I will try one more time to look.
He is eating a little, but that too has gotten worse, though his bowel movements seem ok on that front. I can tell that he really feels bad in general. Sorry, it was late last night, and I've got a feeling that he's going to have to go to a vet tomorrow anyway. I wanted to avoid taking him as he had a horrible experience a few months ago with an infected anal gland, and don't think he'll even let me get him in there.
ok, will stop the aspirin -- he's 20 lbs, and I have 25mg benadryl capsules -- is that too much at once? the asprin was Bayer 81mg, but I will stop that -- I don't know if it's just that he's a combination of two very nervous dogs, so he's just overly sensitive in general or if he's really getting sick, but I'm getting worried. He won't eat anything this morning, not even canned food, I suspect he will eat a beef treat, is that ok until I get to the store, as I'm having some of my own health problems? He still will go for a walk, but was shaking after I just looked at his paw and was petting him and is totally isolating himself from me and the other pets. I actually think this has been going on for a couple of weeks. Just didn't notice the limping until just before the holiday. He was acting funny and not eating right two weeks ago, but he still loved to walk, so I thought it might be the heat. I feel that he should go to the vet tomorrow, but hate to do that to him as he really was super traumatized last time, but I think I'll take him to another vet. As far as soaking the paw, is the trauma worth the benefit? thanks for your help. We do walk a lot on grass, so a foxtail seed would definitely be possible.
ok, and thanks so much -- I googled foxtails and dogs and got a very good article -- I seem to be lucky that it's in the foot and not internal, think his loss of appetite is pain. Sound like it can be horrible if it gets internal, don't think thats a problem with him but it probably has been burrowing for two week, so it's deep in the foot.
This seed must be new down here in alabama as it seems to be more common out west. I will give him benadryl and soak in warm salt water until I can get epsom salts -- is salt water ok. You have been really helpful, and I am very grateful. Will let you know. And I'm letting my friends with hunting dogs know as well.
Here is link i found. thanks again.