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Old 12-29-2012, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nail infection?

Have a vet appointment coming up....anybody ever seen something like this?
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is he licking it? Limping?

Vet appt is the best thing at this point. Please let us know how it turns out.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is he licking it? Limping?
Nope, neither of those. Was given a topical solution and that did nothing. Have a biopsy scheduled in a few weeks.
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Has you vet done a culture and sensitivity test?
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So at this point it isn't clear whether it's an infection or something else. It looks sore. Poor baby.
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How old is your dobie?

It doesn't look torn or pulled, but it could just be the picture.

Good luck at the vet! Hopefully you get your answers and your dobie gets relief!
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Have a biopsy done. I had a dobe with melanoma and it required a toe amputation. Hopefully it's just an infection.


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Yes, Stormy just had something like that.

They did a biopsy, but the vet warned me it's really difficult to get something conclusive from an area like that. Sure enough, it came back inconclusive with a suggestion for x-ray.

We decided we would complete the course of antibiotics first, and that seemed to clear everything up. We did have to keep it covered so she'd leave it alone.

I hope yours is similar and nothing serious.
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I have seen lick granulomas in that area a number of times that look quite similar (and used topical Synotic and Banamine to clear them up. Though there is usually another underlying issue that caused the lick granuloma to begin with, in the foot often an infection of the nail or even bone in the toe). However you said he hasn't been licking his foot. I assume you would have noticed if he was obsessively fussing at his foot prior to this appearing.

I also recommend a biopsy, it's hard to say exactly what it is. Things like this can often come back inconclusive, and be sort of trial and error to get rid of. Good luck.

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Ask the vet, but you may want to culture it to see what abx may affect it best should it be an infection
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Infections in nail beds and infections in toes are pretty common in dogs. Melanomas often are located in toes as well. At least a FNA should be done and a biopsy is better.

Toes problems like this often end up as amputations--the vet clinic where I work just did one yesterday on a young lab mix--and that was a dew claw--not even one of the four toes which are the usual problems.

Any infection on the toes should be an immediate trip to the vet with full diagnostics--all too often they can be either melanomas or mast cells.
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The vet took a culture a while ago. Came back inconclusive.
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If the vet sent in material for a culture "a while ago," how long has this been an issue, and howcome isn't he scheduled for a biopsy sooner than in a few weeks? I would want to be more timely and proactive with something like that, I think.
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If the vet sent in material for a culture "a while ago," how long has this been an issue, and howcome isn't he scheduled for a biopsy sooner than in a few weeks? I would want to be more timely and proactive with something like that, I think.
I don't think this problem is going to go away on its own. I agree that this is something that needs attention now not later.
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I agree 100%. It's not my Dobie, but a friend of mines. This has been going on for a few months.
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I agree 100%. It's not my Dobie, but a friend of mines. This has been going on for a few months.

A few months??? Your friend needs to be a responsible dog owner and get that problem taken care of. If the present vet doesn't seem to be concerned I would be finding another vet. That toe looks sore and if it isn't attended to it could very well turn into something that would require surgery/long term treatment/$$.
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Ive tried. The dog has a "good" home and is loved, but there are some issues there IMO. The dog is good and not destructive, but isnt very well trained and doesnt get adequate exercise IMO, either. She has also recently snapped at a few people and been close to snapping a few other times (gave the angry look before being removed from the situation). All were non-threatening situations.


Ive been baffled by the lackadaisical approach with this nail issue as well but it would be overstepping boundaries. Ive voiced my concern, but thats really all I can do. Its a pretty sweet dobie, though.
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My Scarlet used to get these once or twice a year. The vet said it was a nailbed infection, put her on antibiotics, and then it cleared up after a week or 2. It kept coming back though every so often and I never found out what really caused it. My family recommended Ballistol Oil, so then as soon as I noticed it I would treat her with it (just put some oil on a cloth and dab/rub it on) several times a day. It worked and cleared it up within a couple of weeks, so then I just used that from then on. I know if it was me I'd much rather use something like that than take antibiotics all the time.

I'm not sure if/where they sell this over here. I always brought it back when I went to Germany. Here's a website in the UK, maybe they ship, if not maybe you can find it elsewhere online.
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