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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Dog is intermittently lifting his front paw,then walking fin

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My dog is intermittently lifting his front paw, then walking on it as if there's nothing wrong at all.

I have checked his foot for foreign objects and cuts but can find nothing. All of his claws look ok too.

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Such a problem is very difficult to assess in a long distance fashion. Please note that lifting a front paw may not indicate paw pain. Discomfort arising from anywhere on the leg as well as radiating pain from his neck can result in such a symptom. I would need to carefully palpate (feel) his leg, perform flexion/extension tests on each joint in that leg as well as on his neck to better understand why Jack is lifting that paw.
The chronic corn may be a red herring but I would (carefully) press that corn to see if it's now sensitive. If you didn't see a positive response to Traumeel you might see how a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food twice daily affects Jack.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.