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The other day we got home from work and my Great Dane was

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The other day we got home from work and my Great Dane was limping notice her middle toe on her left paw was swollen and red on one side . Not sure why she wants to play eats drinks and bathroom regularly so should we be alarmed
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Can't see any just one side is red and the whole toe is touchy
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bendy and she is 4 yrs old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bendy?
Customer: Nothing else wrong just that
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 9 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 9 months ago.

Hello, again, my name is***** will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is she still limping?

2- Is she licking the toe?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No licking yes limping no pre existing conditions
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 9 months ago.

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 9 months ago.

Friend, as you may already know the limping is secondary to the swelling of the toe. The big question is then: Why is the toe swollen? This can be caused by many different medical conditions. It will not be possible for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, common causes are a soft tissue injury, a fracture, an insect sting, tumor, an infection, etc. to name a few causes. This is what you can do:

1- Do not let her lick the toe or she will make it worse. If she does lick pick an e-collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop her from licking.

2- Soak the affected paw in warm water with epsom salt for 5 minutes 3-4 times a day.

3- Rest her; no running or jumping. Activity should be limited to urinate and defecate on a leash.

4- If no significant improvement within 1-2 days after doing the above I would have her checked by your family veterinarian for a hands-on examination.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 8 months ago.

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

Dr. Peter