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Old 06-03-2010, 08:34 AM
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Hey...my 4 year old silky terrier has a sore on his foot. On the top and a 1/4 inch away from his nail. It looks like a corn or a blister and his fifth nail appears to be scratched and has blood on it. Any ideas?
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I would take him to a vet
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Yes, my dog had this as well a few months ago. It is most likely a cyst. What you have to do is go to the vet and he/she will tell you whether or not it needs to be removed. Sometimes they are just on the surface and will dry in a week or two, but sometimes they go too deep and need to be surgically removed.
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i really wouldnt bank on it being a cyst right away. chances are its probably from allergies (watch for chewing) or some insect bite of some kind. hard to tell without photos though. but i would see the vet about it
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Have you noticed if he spends a lot of time licking his paws? My parent's dog regularly gives himself abcesses because he compulsively licks his paws and toes. It's quite annoying, poor baby. He has very sensitive skin and a very sensitive tummy and gets rashes easily though... I would have it checked out!
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Have you noticed if he spends a lot of time licking his paws? My parent's dog regularly gives himself abcesses because he compulsively licks his paws and toes. It's quite annoying, poor baby. He has very sensitive skin and a very sensitive tummy and gets rashes easily though... I would have it checked out!
this would make me HIGHLY suspect the dog is really suffering from food allergies. thats not fun for them. i would get them to switch foods.
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He does have severe food allergies and is on the only diet that doesn't make him continually throw up or have diarrhea. He has always been very intolerant. we've tried many different diets over the years and he only keeps a few down, like z/d and medi-cal hypoallergenic ... Not much more can be done. My parents tried to cook him his own food but never managed to find the right recipe either.

The compulsive licking is likely caused by separation anxiety. Whenever he is left alone he licks his paws incessantly. That's not an unusual symptom at all...
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The compulsive licking is likely caused by separation anxiety. Whenever he is left alone he licks his paws incessantly. That's not an unusual symptom at all...

stress, or SA can cause it yes. One of the symptoms of low serotonin in the brain can be licking, as it triggers the release of it, the dog is in essence self medicating, just like a human with OCD would compluse to relieve anxiety.. There are anti anxiety medications out there. Normally I don't point people to meds, but if its at the point hes hurting himself its probably time to go that route
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stress, or SA can cause it yes. One of the symptoms of low serotonin in the brain can be licking, as it triggers the release of it, the dog is in essence self medicating, just like a human with OCD would compluse to relieve anxiety.. There are anti anxiety medications out there. Normally I don't point people to meds, but if its at the point hes hurting himself its probably time to go that route
i was going to say something like that, but i didnt want to start an argument. i just cant see letting a dog continue to do that just because its a normal symptom. definitely try to do something with this dog, i cant imagine how uncomfortable that must be. and it seems that this has probably been going on for a while. i would consult a vet for sure.
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i was going to say something like that, but i didnt want to start an argument. i just cant see letting a dog continue to do that just because its a normal symptom. definitely try to do something with this dog, i cant imagine how uncomfortable that must be. and it seems that this has probably been going on for a while. i would consult a vet for sure.
Oh I agree..som'thing should be done...just from my experience and what I have read...just trying to stop the symptom itself, and only the symptom..doesn't really get anywhere...the dog either ignores you and still does it...or they just find som'thing else to obsess about

In my dogs case, since diet had already been taken care of. And exercise was non optional, we went the med route. Licking gone
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