Why is my dog paw red and swollen?

Asked By: Jazmyn Schuppe
Date created: Tue, Feb 16, 2021 8:48 AM
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Primary Cause. Swollen paws are often caused by a foreign object getting trapped between the pads/toes of the dog's foot.

Insect or spider bites, puncture wounds, broken toes, fractured claws, and constant licking/chewing (as with allergies or other source of chronic irritation) are other common causes.

Answered By: Jaeden Pfeffer
Date created: Wed, Feb 17, 2021 10:51 AM
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This easy-to-spy problem is common in both cats and dogs and can be caused by an injury, an irritation or even a disease.

Regardless of the cause, your pet's eye may look roughly the same: Some or all of the structures surrounding the eye will be red and/or visibly swollen, a condition commonly known as conjunctivitis.

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Some common causes for swollen eyes in dogs and cats may include: An allergic reaction (this can be from an inhaled allergen or from a food allergy), often involving additional swelling of the lip(s) and face.

A bee sting to the eye (can also cause swelling of the lip(s) and face) An infection of the eye or eyelid.

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If the dog's eyelids are bruised or torn (usually from a fight or other trauma): Place a cold compress on the affected eye, to help reduce swelling.

Keep the compress in place for 10 minutes.

Take her to the vet the same day.

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Often caused by animal bites or other wounds, head and neck abscesses show up suddenly, usually accompanied by a fever, and can leave a lopsided look to your dog's head or neck.

These are extremely painful; if your dog has facial swelling and is refusing to eat or drink, an abscess could be the cause.

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Ear hematomas.

They occur when a blood vessel within the ear flap ruptures and bleeding occurs between the tissue layers. Sometimes caused by head shaking or scratching because of ear mites or an infection, hematomas can also be the result something foreign stuck inside your dog's ear.
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Dogs who have not been spayed may develop a mass of dark pink or red swollen tissue that protrudes from the vulva—a condition that goes by the name vaginal hyperplasia.

The tissue swelling that causes this should resolve when the dog goes out of heat or when she is spayed.

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These are firm, swollen masses on the inside of your dog's ear flap.

Sometimes caused by head shaking or scratching because of ear mites or an infection, hematomas can also be the result something foreign stuck inside your dog's ear.

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