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Dog Health Treatment & Advice : How to Treat a Swollen Paw

August 23, 2019

Hi, I’m Dr. Aimee Beger. I’m a veterinarian,
and we’re here today to talk about your dog’s swollen paw. If you notice that your pet’s,
dog or cat, has a swollen paw it would be very wise to take them in for a visit with
their veterinarian. The sooner the better. Swollen paws can result from injuries, such
as bites, or possibly being accidentally stepped on, or twisting their ankle out in the yard
to infectious things; either puncture wounds or or other infectious diseases. It’s very
important to prevent your your pet from licking his paw if it is swollen, because that could
further exacerbate any inflammation or infection that they are having. The ways that we treat
here are to first determine the cause, why is your your dog’s paw swollen, to deter to
determine if it’s fractured, or if there’s just a soft tissue injury. If it’s just soft
tissue in nature we typically send home an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic for your
pet, and just have them rest for a couple of weeks.


  • Reply Bunk Man March 21, 2010 at 12:23 am

    The vet business is a racket. It is helpful sometimes but I see a lot of instances where the vet plays on the sympathy of the owner to string them along to make tons of cash. I watched one woman I know spend over $7,000.00 on kemo for a dog with liver cancer and you KNOW how that ended. I have 2 dogs and, although I love them DEARLY, I will let the cancer run it's course and allow them to enjoy their last days as much as possible, not constantly sick from useless kemo. If you luv 'em them go.

  • Reply Lesa Cha March 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    what if my yorkie keeps licking his paw just one not all now how would i take care of it?

  • Reply thisclearconscience June 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Much very unhelpful video.

  • Reply Molly Berntsen August 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    u should do a vid on how to treat an ankle sprain on a cat and dog.

  • Reply Cindy Morales November 9, 2012 at 3:45 am

    My dogs paw is swollen because of some spiky little balls dat grow here in Oklahoma he can't walk on it nd I really want to help him but we can't afford the vet $ what else can I do I hate seeing him like that.

  • Reply Mary Willingham April 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I already took my dog to two different vets for her swollen paw. It looks like she has severe hip dysplasia. What should I do now? I cant stand to see her in pain but I can't afford the surgery…

  • Reply Elektra Morgan July 8, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Hi mame, I have a six year old Rat terrier that went to the park a week ago. Recently I noticed on his left hind paw he has a sort of what looked like a cut and it was red and his paw was swollen. At first I cleaned it with peroxide and put triple antibiotic on it and wrapped it. But when it did nothing I called my dad. He used to work for the ASPCA. He cleaned it and said it looked like a thorn or bee sting. But we squeezed the paw making my dog scream. (I hated to do that badly and make my baby cry) It bled and oozed  clear liquid. The swelling went down for a bit and my dad put bag balm on the wound. He told me it would heal it. He then gave me some antibiotic called CEPHALEXIIN. I have been giving him one once a day coated in liver wurst so he would swallow it. It has been three days and I only have three pills left and nothing seems to of changed. I wrap the poor puppies foot and spent 20 bucks to get more bag balm and medical things because my dad told me it would work. Nothing seems to be changing and I cannot afford a vet. I have 11 dollars to my name, I am on SSI, I also live in a small town with no car. Everything is spaced out and I would have to carry this dog to the closest vet a half mile away in the heat. He is my baby and I am sobbing because I feel like a horrible mother and owner. I don't want to believe that I hurt my dog. I cannot afford a vet! What do I do, can someone help me!?

  • Reply kosmosleha July 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    wow, what a great info, "bring 'em in and pay the bill."  THanks!

  • Reply Kye June 10, 2015 at 8:14 am

    This is my best solution for infection: distilled 50 grain (5% acetic acid) vinegar. Dilute with 1.5 parts filtered water if available to 1 part vinegar. This is a pure 2% acetic acid solution (same % as MalAcetic). Keep a glass container marked for convenient dilution. Pour into a small quality plastic bag (like Ziploc), dunk each paw into it, scrubbing through the bag for cleaning. Change to fresh solution if necessary. This will remove pathogens, pus, exudate, excess skin, and any other residue and leaves it with a PH that prevents bacteria and fungi. Squeeze excess liquid from each paw as you remove it and give it a quick wrap and squeeze with a towel. Don't let your dog lick it at all, it's very bad for their teeth and their paw infection. Use a cone if necessary, applied deterrents are generally ineffective. Once it's dry, they'll be much less inclined to lick. Don't apply vinegar to any raw (inflamed is fine) or broken skin. Apply this especially when paws have been wet as the moisture will encourage infection.

  • Reply Tyrone Bone September 17, 2015 at 4:03 am

    thanks i need help not insight but your harts r in the right place i felt pain when i seen them position the payment

  • Reply Diamond Island April 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    thanks for the help and thx to all others that do the same but my dog now has a swollen cheek ? the cheeks were so flappy

  • Reply Ankush sharma July 8, 2016 at 6:13 am

    my dog is having kidney infection… From a week…. we went to vet.. he is treating well. My pet stopped vomiting..but there is some problem with my pet….that is her all legs get swellon..she can't ever stand on her feets.. whenever we hold her ti stand up she fall down…plzz reply.. [email protected] hope ull reply soon

  • Reply John Watcher July 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Bring your dog to me. We will do X-Rays to rule out fractures, heart worm testing, shots, sell you heart guard pills for a year, physical examination, shave and clean the area. Send you home with aspirin and call it "anti-inflammatory medicine", so I can charge more and prescribe rest and advice. Don't let your dog lick the area. We can also keep your dog overnight if you qualify for our credit card with a $3k limit. We can also check for hip displasia and do the $30k surgury if you have lots of retirement money to tap into. I secretly believe I should be able to make as much as a human doctor. I feel better just saying that. Bring your dog and open your heart and wallet. That's my best advice.

  • Reply stan lee July 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

    see your vet and bring money

  • Reply Coolyswag AJ January 27, 2018 at 2:41 am

    I’m crying my dog ripped open his stitches and is paw is swollen 3 times it’s size and my parents aren’t hkme

  • Reply Lawrence Yeo January 30, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I don't hear anything on how to treat…..

  • Reply søppel barn April 27, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I'm a bit scared.. I have a mid sized dog her name is zanns, she has a red swolen toe and she is constantly licking it, Its after vet hours and my famuly dosent have to money to use on an after hours call.

  • Reply Ursus Martimus June 17, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for telling me to give you money.

  • Reply juan juan July 16, 2018 at 9:01 am

    My dogs back legs, hocks and paws were swollen. At times my puppy wouldn't want to walk to go potty and just went in bed. I ended up accepting this fact and I picked him up in his beds and began soaking his legs in ice water for 15 minutes, followed by warm water Epsom salt soaks. I also bought extra virgin coconut oil, fish antibiotics and used bubble wrap, sponges and velcro to support his hocks. I cut the sponges to fit wrapped in bubble wrap and then taped velcro to wrap. This helped protect his whittle legs drastically. Like I'm not sure if it's was the aircast I made or the combination of everything else but within a day swelling went down in the left leg and then went down in the right. It's now been two weeks and the swelling is only in his paws and around his knee area. So I'm assuming it was a serious soft tissue injury. I thought it was lyme disease and staph infection but all the symptoms didn't match up with those diagnosis. So my baby raccoon is all all better now. I also took him to vet and had a 500 buck bill I paid but In my opinion 10 days worth of antibiotics and 4 days of transform and 10 days of rimadyl, and vitamins and a fluid bag and trifexis and royal canin food and a blood test, and d wormer and a outdated bag that said hills dog food with royal canin in it didn't do one thing. Anyway have a good one.

  • Reply Curtis Ellison February 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

    This doesnt help

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