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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I recently noticed my black lab has a very swollen toe, with

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I recently noticed my black lab has a very swollen toe, with no fur on it..?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I added two photos.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The photo of the left rear paw reveals a swollen phalanx suggestive of neoplasia (cancer). X-rays of that toe are indicated. The photo of the right rear paw reveals interdigital swelling suggestive of an abscess such as is seen with a penetrating foreign body such as a plant awn (foxtail) if you live west of the Mississippi. I can't rule out neoplasia from here in that area as well, however. That swelling should be lanced and explored.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Leah,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin