Pit Bull Paw Problems
Dog Paw Problem Reader Question: My Pit Bull is having trouble with swollen feet, and is very inactive. She is eating ok, but has a hard time getting up and walking. She is 9 years old.
Dog Paw Problem Editor Response:
Thank you for your question. There are several reasons why a dog may experience problems with the feet, some of them can be minor in nature while others are more serious such as a developing viral infection.
As you said, your Pit Bull is eating well and is experiencing problems that only relate to the swelling of the feet. Because of this, it seems the this is only a minor local problem.
However, you should examine your pet in more detail and note/write down any other symptoms, for example if your dog has diarrhea or softened feces, recurring fever, involvement of more then one foot or lethargy etc. Additionally, examine the feet in detail and watch for bruises, lesions, and hardness in the pads, pain when touched and hair loss around the feet etc, or any other symptom.
Once you have gathered enough symptoms or history, you should consult a veterinarian. It may be a minor to severe problem, so erring on the side of caution makes sense.
For the time being, you can consider trying some of these first aid tips and home remedies to care for dog paws:
If the dog foot pads do not have any signs of bruises or lesions etc, you can soak the paws in a water solution containing table salt for 15 – 20 minutes. Soak the paws twice a day and continue for a few days. It will help to reduce any inflammation and it will inhibit any infections from starting etc. Additionally, you can try and use a natural remedy that targets dog paw pad care such as PawPaw, which should help your dog recover in a week or so.
In case, you see some extraordinary symptoms like those related to a general illness and a persistent problem, you should consult a veterinarian for a detailed diagnosis. Specific treatment might be needed along with support. You can use natural remedies such as the Paw Paw product mentioned along with specific veterinarian prescribed treatments to enhance recovery.
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