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1) Has any injury been sustained? 2) Any swelling? 3) Front limb or back limb? 4) When did this begin?
Your husband may be right. The best approach would be to have the paw examined and an x-ray taken to see if it is, indeed, broken. However, if no injury has occurred the risk of a break is minimal. We do occasionally see pets that step on insects and are either bit or stung and we see sensitivity, swelling and refusal to put the paw down. If there may be a risk of this happening, it wouldn't hurt to try 1-2mg/pound of body weight of Benadryl every 8-12 hours to see if there is improvement. If not, a vet visit would still be indicated. If this is broken, depending on the break's location, splinting and even surgery may be needed.I’ll be standing by if you have other questions. Let me know if I can help further.
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It won't hurt to give a dose today if he has not already had one. This should help with discomfort as well. Good luck!