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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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She is limping and the top of her right foot seems swollen

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She is limping and the top of her right foot seems swollen
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Myself, my husband, and a friend all checked the dogs legs, feet, and toes/pads to make sure we didn't see anything.
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Reese is 3 1/2 year old runt, cavalier king Charles spaniel
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Reese?
Customer: She did not Yelp in pain at all when we checked her out not even moving around in discomfort and she seems fine other than limping
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

We can get to the bottom of this. Have you gently but progressively pressed on that swelling? Traumatic inflammation - sprain, strain, fracture - is invariably painful. An envenomation, however, by flying insect or spider might numb the area yet cause swelling.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can squeeze it and she doesn't even notice
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

That eliminates serious trauma. Perhaps an envenomation, then. Do you see any erythema (reddening) associated with the inflammation? Do we have to be concerned about venomous snakes where you live?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her pads are black, I can't see any red anywhere. I live in Canada. So no venomous snakes around.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. There's no reason to believe that her lameness represents anything serious. Let's see how aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food twice daily affects her gait. That will tell us, too, if the inflammation is associated with lameness pain. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I gave her 1/2 an allergy pill. So I hope that helps. Thank you for easing my mind.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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

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