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Well two days ago Riot snagged her two middle back toes in her crate. She started limping and I rubbed them thinking she diddn't hurt them badly and she would put her foot back down when it quit hurting. Has anyone had a dog snag their toe and it swell up? It started swelling the next day and I started her on the Tramodol I had left from her ear crop. I use a ice pack that has been in the fridge but need to know if I should do anything else. Others said to soak in epsom salt when I searched online. I really want to see If I can get this resolved at home but will be making a appt mon/tues if its not better by sunday. If there is something to take away the swelling that I can do extra I would like to know.
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yes soak both paws in epsom salt warm water...soak for may be 20 minutes
dry their feet. I also put benadryl gel on the sore and gave a benadryl tablet. it cleared up in a few days.
 

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I also have Rimadyl left from a previous surgery its the highest dose, 100mg. I was thinking of giving her a quarter of that (25mg per piece which is the lowest dose) instead of the Tramodol. Thoughts? And its save to give Benadryl as well?
 

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I also put benadryl gel on the sore and gave a benadryl tablet. it cleared up in a few days.
I suspect it was going to clear up in a few days, anyway. Benadryl is an antihistamine... it would reduce swellings that are histamine (allergy) reactions like hives or swelling at the site of a bug bite. As far as I know, it does not function as an anti-inflamatory and would not reduce swelling from injury and such.

I, also, would suggest vetting this dog. If the bones are broken in such a way as to make infection possible, the dog should be put on antibiotics. Bone infections are nasty and very difficult to address once they've gotten started.
 

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I also have Rimadyl left from a previous surgery its the highest dose, 100mg. I was thinking of giving her a quarter of that (25mg per piece which is the lowest dose) instead of the Tramodol. Thoughts? And its save to give Benadryl as well?
Tramadol is "safer" than Rimadyl which is an NSAID. However, if she needs pain meds, my suggestion would be a vet visit.
 

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The tram does not have a anti-inflamitory effect though correct?
She is not in extreme pain. I give pain meds for anything that may hurt for a couple days. She allows me to hold the ice pack on it and soak it. She will be taken to the vet if it doesn't clear up. Im hoping she just sprained them....:(
 

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Tramadol is a pain reliever and works differently. The way one vet explained it to me is that it "tricks the body" to thinking it isn't in pain. it works on pain receptors I THINK.

I found this
How Does Tramadol Work?
 

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So it has no anti-inflamitory properties...? Im going to wait till the am and try the Rimadyl. She is sleeping, I want to try home remidies before rushing to the vet. Especially if they will give same meds that I have here.
 

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I would not give Rimadyl... doberman's are very sensitive to NSAIDs. You cannot know what a vet will prescribe until you actually visit the vet. Whiskey had a broken toe that had alot of swelling and I had it xrayed just to be safe but the vet said the best course was to do nothing. However, if it had been something more serious or tendons had been involved the diagnoses could have been different. Please get your baby to a vet.
 

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She is doing much better, with soaking the swelling has already gone down. She is also doing well on both Rim & Tram. Already putting her foot down more and putting weight on it. Will see by tomorrow. She is not crying or in any pain. When she gets too hyper wanting to play I crate her.
 
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