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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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My dog had been licking one of his toes a couple of days

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my dog had been licking one of his toes a couple of days ago. it was red so i put some neosporin on it and it got better. today after his walk he was licking his toes again. i noticed that two knuckles seem larger than on his other feet. they feel hard. he is walking and running and playing normally.
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: didn't see anything last night i was clipping his nails. this is the first time since i got him 10 months ago. his nails don't seem to be touching the floor when he stands and seem to wear down naturally. but i thought i would clip the tips to get him used to it. did not see a wound.
JA: Have there been any changes in the dog's appearance or diet?
Customer: i have changed his food from kibble to dehydrated raw venison. he is an itchy dog.
JA: Is there anything else you think the vet should know?
Customer: he also had been on antibiotics for 5 months as he had fho surgery in march and was allergic to the sutures. he developed a fungal/yeast infection and his belly turned black. i took him to see someone who heals holistically. he is on a regimen of probiotics and supplements. his skin is less black after one month on supplements. he can get away with one bath a week now (used to need 2 or 3) and i use apple cider vinegar after bath rinse. and rub him with coconut oil.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Can you post a picture of the areas of concern?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
sorry my dog is at home. but the toes are not sensitive to touch.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

There is no limit on the amount of time that we can spend on this discussion. A picture would help me greatly.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
i will try and get a photo to you later
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

I'll keep an eye out.