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What breed of dog is Millie?
Is she eating and drinking normally?
Has there been any vomiting or diarrhea?
How long has she been licking the paw?
Does she lick all of her paws?
I see you have gone offline and I will be online for just a short time more. If you can answer the questions above it would be helpful:)
What you can do in the mean time though to decipher if you have an emergency is to check the dogs vital signs as a warm nose does not indicate anything, however panting can mean pain.
Here is a link to take you through checking the vital signs : http://www.petplace.com/dogs/what-is-normal-in-dogs/page1.aspx
Thank you for that information. As I said panting can be a sign of pain, but it is equally important that if you see lethargy to check the temperature rectally, don't go by a warm nose.
If she is active , eating and drinking normally without vomiting or diarrhea then I would not be too concerned at this point. If she was lethargic showing a lack of interest in everyday activities then it would be more worrisome.
Licking of the paw/ feet can be from stress, or it can be caused by allergies and allergies will have a dog lick the feet continuously.
To get the wound to heal I would invest in an Elizabethan collar or a Comfy Cone to limit access to the foot. A dog's mouth has much bacteria and this can quickly turn into a bacterial infected wound.
Wash the wound and apply a triple antibiotic ointment on it, one without zinc oxide, and keep the cone on until you see the wound has healed.
That sounds like a good plan especially with a possible infection then oral antibiotics may be needed but they need to be prescribed. I wish Millie the best for a fast healing!