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She stepped in paint th inner, My dog stepped in paint

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she stepped in paint th inner
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: Hello!
JA: Hello. What do you want help with?
Customer: My dog stepped in paint thinner
JA: Where does your dog seem to hurt?
Customer: her front right paw. We've washed it, but she continues to lick it
JA: OK. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Luna. 5 months
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Luna?
Customer: no that is it
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question. Just like an in person consult, I have a couple questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible....

How long was it between when she stepped in it and when you washed it?

What did you wash it with?

Does the skin on her foot look red or swollen at all?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi Lisa,She stepped in about 30 minutes ago and I washed it probably 15 minutes after I noticed the smell and her licking her paw. I washed it with natural soap at first, followed by her natural shampoo.It does not look red or swollen
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
but it is painful for her to walk on it.
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Okay. Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

So paint thinner is in the same family as things like petroleum oils, and as such, you generally need a degreasing agent to get it off of things like the carpeting or fur.

So if this were me, I'd wash her paw again but this time use a normal dishwashing soap such as Dawn. This will help break the chemical chains that cause the oily substance to stay on the fur.

Make sure to rinse well.

Then, if she still won't leave it alone, the best thing to do is to have her seen by a vet as soon as possible. Paint thinner can be very caustic to the skin, which is why they tell you to use gloves when applying it to things. It's possible that the thinner was on her foot long enough to start causing burning, which you might not notice signs of right away.

Hopefully though, the Dawn will do the trick.

I hope this helps.

Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

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


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