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I think my Westie was bit by a squirrel a few weeks ago. He…

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I think my Westie...

I think my Westie was bit by a squirrel a few weeks ago.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?

He keeps licking his inner right front paw and gets very tempermental when I try to look at it.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?

His front paw

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. What is the dog's name and age?

Pudge (12 year old West Highland White Terrier) My vet clinic is closed for the weekend.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?

Well...I know this is weird, but.... in early March there was a squirrel in our house!! Pudge attacked it and killed it. He yelped when trying to kill it and his paw was bleeding. Naturally, I assumed the squirrel must have bit him?

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Dog Veterinarian: DrSarah, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Hi there, I’m Dr. Sarah and am here to help! Poor Pudge! Can you see a wound at all? Has he ever had foot licking or allergy issues before?
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
foot licking and allergies are of course common with this breed of dog. The wound seems to be more of a cyst type that has formed.
Dog Veterinarian: DrSarah, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
a few possibilities are that he has a wound from the squirrel (though a few weeks is a long time for a bite wound), allergies leading to a raw foot, or some other oddball thing like a growth or broken nail or something. Let’s do some easy things that will help in general regardless of issue.
I’d give him 25mg of Benadryl three times a day for general itch and irritation.
I’d also recommend epsom salt soaks 5 minutes twice a day. Make the solution like it says on the bag. Either put some in a cup and soak the one foot, or put an inch in the bathtub and have him stand in it. This will help soothe and decrease inflammation.
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Dog Veterinarian: DrSarah, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
If you can see a wound you can apply some triple antibiotic ointment. Rub it in well and sit with him for 10 minutes after to avoid ingestion.
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Dog Veterinarian: DrSarah, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
He may need a cone collar for a while if he won’t leave it alone. If he’s not better by Monday you’ll need to see the vet to make sure there’s not a major issue.
I hope he feels better soon! Let me know if I can help in any other way. Kindly consider rating my answer 5 stars.
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Dog Veterinarian: DrSarah, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

How's Pudge doing?

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Dog Veterinarian: DrSarah, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Hi,

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

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