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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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red bump above paw??

Ok so today I noticed Ninja started licking his paw. I didn't think much of it cuz sometimes I notice he licks his paws, but then he wet his whole paw and I noticed a red bump kind of by the root of one of his nails. I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow morning but does anyone have any idea as to what this could be? I touched it lightly with my hand and it didn't seem like it hurt, but then again I read somewhere that dogs don't show pain. Does anyone think I should put something on it or just leave it alone until I see a vet? Any advice at all will be greatly appreciated!!
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I hope it is something simple!
and I don't know where you read that they don't feel pain... they DO. that I am SURE of.
The cries from Tillie when she had to have her ears checked and cleaned out during her raging ear infection were heart breaking and ear drum popping... they can and DO feel pain, IF it hurts! Maybe what ever the bump is just doesn't bother Ninja?
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Rico licks his paws, sometimes to excess. When he does the pad gets very pinky/red. Our vet says it's kind of like a hot spot. It's from him getting his feet wet and not drying out right away. The skin gets itchy, he licks and it gets irritated.

I have a spray that I put between his toes when it gets too red and that helps. But the redness comes and goes. I think it's a "dog thing". If it's raining out, or the grass is wet, the vet has told us to dry between his toes when he comes in. There's a doggy towel near the bedroom door to outside and the kitchen door to outside during wet days. PLUS, you have to keep the hair between their toes clipped/shaved so the skin can breath. We do feet trimming once a month. Clip the hair away from the pads (so they don't slip) and buzz the hair between their toes.

Also, sometimes they will split a nail. That will cause them to chew at their "pawnails" and when they lick and chew it makes the skin near the area red and a little puffy.


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I'm sorry Ninja has a red bump, maybe it is a sliver.

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Ok so i was able to get him to the vet today. Turns out it wasn't a bump but he took some hair off that part of his paw and the vet said it was kind of like a dogs knuckle. She bent it and everything and it did not hurt him. Recently, we got some snow here but very little and people went crazy with salt and put so much outside as if it snowed 3 feet!! She said maybe he stepped in some and that could be a reason. She also said it could be boredom. Lately I've been walking him for not as long as I used to because of the cold but I still play with him inside. She gave me some anti-bacterial spray for it. I also mentioned that he's been loosing his hair recently and she said it could be because of the shampoo we switched too and told me to use baby shampoo. I've also started giving him fish oil and she said some dogs may develop an allergy. Anyway I'm glad I took him and it wasn't much of a concern. Thanks for everyones reply
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glad it wasn't anything to be worried about!
also about him losing hair... isn't he at about the age where he could be starting to "blow coat"?? I am anxiously dreading that phase... I know it is coming to our house soon!!
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