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Surgery on Dogs Paw

akendell
September 6th, 2007, 08:28 AM
I was wondering if anyone has had the same experience that we have had - our border collie had a puncture in her hind paw at the beginning of the summer (from chasing squirrels in the woods) we brought her to the vet and he recommended surgery to ensure that there was no foreign body in the puncture wound. The dog underwent surgery and no foreign body was found in the paw. After the surgery cut healed (about 4 weeks) we noticed a sore at the top of her foot (above the pads of her foot). We cleaned the sore but it only got worse. Eventually we brought the dog back to the vet and we were told that the first surgery likely missed the foreign object and that now it had worked its way above the pads of her foot and was causing this persistent sore. A second surgery was recommended to us. We have not gone through with the surgery yet as it seems that this is a little excessive - and it did not accomplsh anything the first time except put the dog in considerable pain for a few weeks - also now the surgery would take place in an area where there are many tendons, muscles etc. We did bring the dog to a second vet for another opinion and the second vet put her on antibiotics and gave us an antibacterial cream to clean the sore with - this was 2 weeks ago and the sore is looking a little better but is still visible and the dog still limps on it at the end of the day.

Has anyone else experienced this sort of thing after a dog has had surgery on one of the pads of its paw??? We don't know if we should opt for the second surgery or not.

mummummum
September 6th, 2007, 10:55 AM
Maybe an xray or ultrasound should be done first to at least attempt to confirm that there is foreign body within the paw.

hazelrunpack
September 6th, 2007, 05:24 PM
We had a labrador with some foreign matter in a front paw. It was not in the pad--it entered along the front edge of the leg and migrated between the tendons of his wrist. Although there is a danger of tendon damage during surgery, it's important to get the foreign matter out. Scarring from the recurrent infections can also damage tendons, as happened in our labrador.

Eventually, the foreign matter was located and removed. It was probably a grass awn, though it was hard to tell by the time it was found. Unfortunately, it would not show on either an xray or an ultrasound, MMM. :sad: Would have made it a lot easier to get out!

One other caution, akendell--you'll need total vigilance during healing if you get the surgery done. Remember that if your dog tears at the incision, there will be severe trauma to the tendons! Even if you wouldn't normally consider it, think about getting an Elizabethan collar--the Dreaded Cone Collar :o--to help post-surgically. You can't be right there watching him 100% of the time, no matter how dedicated you are (you gotta sleep sometime!)...and it only takes a few seconds for the damage to happen. The E-collar can mean the difference between your boy's paw healing normally and him walking with a limp the rest of his life!

Good luck with your border collie! I hope it all works out well for you :fingerscr Please keep us posted on what you decide to do.

mummummum
September 6th, 2007, 09:08 PM
...It was probably a grass awn, though it was hard to tell by the time it was found. Unfortunately, it would not show on either an xray or an ultrasound, MMM. :sad: Would have made it a lot easier to get out!

Ahhh that makes sense ~ I was thinking puncture = hard object but now I can see a puncture occuring with ground matter travelling upwards into the wound.

Yes, Akendell ~ I second Hazel's request, please do let us know how you make out! And :grouphug: to the hurt doggy !

hazelrunpack
September 6th, 2007, 11:52 PM
Oh, :sorry: akendell! I meant your Girl, of course :o