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My dog is 80lb Collie/Shepherd mix whose left front leg joint

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My dog is 80lb Collie/Shepherd mix whose left front leg joint just above the paw swelled up in a large bump. It is about the sive of a silver dollar and came on fairly suddenly today. Any ideas>
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Welcome! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.

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I am sorry to hear about this concern.

Very concerning.
One consideration would be a hypersensitivity reaction for acute swelling. So, a insect bite or sting.

However, the area of swelling is in the carpus. This can happen with hyperextension injuries and tearing of a tendon/ligament. Fractures! Absolutely, a fracture can cause acute swelling to this severity.

Even if not limping. Even if no distress. A soft tissue injury or fracture are still considerations.

But, we can't rule-out the reaction!

So, giving some benadryl would be wise, but definitely, this is well worth a more immediate evaluation by a vet. Tonight!

Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, Benadryl tablets and liquids come in different sizes. So, an approximately 25 pound dog can get a full 25mg tablet or a half of a 50mg tablet. I usually avoid the liquid Benadryl in larger dogs (you would have to give too much of it). You can give Benadryl every 8-12 hours.

Hope that info helps
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I will try Benadryl & see vet in am. Thank you...there doesn't appear to be a bite though.

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Understood Marianne.
Even a bee sting would be hard to identify, but that is why I am also concerned about a soft tissue problem in the carpus.
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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Hi Marianne,

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

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