What is wrong with my dogs back paw?

What is wrong with my dogs back paw?

Bacterial and fungal infections are a common cause of paw problems in dogs because many of them live on dogs’ paw pads. If your dog licks and chews his paws and you notice redness, discharge or brown discoloration of the nails, he probably has an infection. The most common fungal infections include yeast and ringworm.

Why is my dog having trouble walking with his back legs?

If he is having a hard time walking, or he is staggering and wobbling on his feet, this back leg weakness may be a result of muscle atrophy, pain, or nerve damage. Other signs that can alert you to this condition are a reluctance or inability to stand, lameness, or paralysis in the legs.

Why is my dog dragging his back paws?

Degenerative myelopathy initially affects the back legs and causes muscle weakness and loss, and lack of coordination. These cause a staggering affect that may appear to be arthritis. The dog may drag one or both rear paws when it walks. This dragging can cause the nails of one foot to be worn down.

How can I tell if something is wrong with my dog’s paw?

Signs of Paw Pad Issues and Injuries in Dogs

  1. Licking and chewing the affected paw(s)
  2. Lameness or limping.
  3. Red and inflamed paws.
  4. Lesions and discharge.
  5. Hair loss.
  6. Ulcers with scabbing and blisters.
  7. Cuts, abrasions, and tears.
  8. Cracked and torn nails.

How do I stop my dogs paws from dragging?

Covering the claws on the paw(s) that a dog drags can help protect them. The vinyl that Soft Paws® claw caps are made out of become a barrier between the nail and the ground, so they become the structure that is worn down. This can help protect the claw itself from becoming damaged, worn down to the quick, and painful.

Why do Greyhounds have so many bones in their feet?

All of these tiny bones have a purpose and even a small fracture can cause issues. In addition to the multiple bones in the Greyhound’s foot there are also ligaments that attach bone to bone and tendons that attach the Greyhound’s muscle to bone.

What happens to a greyhound’s toe when it breaks?

The toe will appear very swollen and sometimes will have a knife like cut where the luxation caused a break in the skin. However, the ligaments can completely lose their integrity and the joint will be displaced. Generally the Greyhound will be lame and you will be able to see the displaced toe.

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a greyhound?

Health problems. Greyhounds are extremely prone to a life-threatening digestive syndrome called bloat, which arises suddenly and can kill a dog in only a few hours. In addition, an alarming number of Greyhounds die early from cancer.

What kind of cancer does a greyhound have?

Cancer is another common ailment faced by the aging Greyhound, particularly bone cancer. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer in Greyhounds and usually occurs in carpus (wrist), shoulder, or stifle (knee).

Why does my Greyhound have pain in her back?

It took us a while to figure out where the pain was, couldn’t tell if it was in the back leg, front leg, back… After a couple of vet visits and being treated with anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and pain killers the current theory is this: she has some sort of spine problem.

What to do about broken paw pads in Greyhounds?

The Greyhound’s damaged nails and frequently cracked and broken paw pads can be soothed through foot soaks, and other therapies that aim to eliminate bacteria and fungus while promoting healthy paws. Toenail and pad issues are extremely common in racing Greyhounds.

Why does my Greyhound have a swollen Paw?

It can also be a sign of kidney problems, or other trouble that may be causing your greyhound to retain fluid. If you cannot find the reason for your greyhound’s swollen paw, have the vet check him out. This always signals something with your greyhound – Hopefully, something easily explained.

What to do if your Greyhound has dental problems?

Take your adopted dog to the veterinarian to check for any dental issues, as they may be hard to detect. The Greyhound’s damaged nails and frequently cracked and broken paw pads can be soothed through foot soaks, and other therapies that aim to eliminate bacteria and fungus while promoting healthy paws.