Guest Amber Posted June 6, 2016 Share Posted June 6, 2016 My 4 year old greyhound Fey has had a problem with a middle toe, right fore, since last August. I think it happened after playing a lot of fetch at the beach. Occasionally - whilst running fast - she would pull up lame and wave her paw in pain, but otherwise, not lame when leashwalking. So I went to the vet and he said x-rays would not tell us much, he thought it didn't seem bad since she recovered quickly (ie she could continue her walk a few minutes after the paw waving); he said to rest for a few weeks and build up exercise gradually. So we've been doing this ever since and she can be quite sound for several weeks at a time, but then she hurts it again running/ball chasing and we're back to square one. So I went back to the vet and had a course of intensive laser on it (it is chronically inflamed and swollen looking) - 5 sessions every 2 days - the swelling seemed to go down a bit but then she hurt it again. So it's got the point where it's really affecting quality of life - playing with other dogs, playing with a ball - anything seems to make it sore again, at the moment. Not sure what to do next. We did try a short course of antibiotics at first but that made no difference. Should I try a long course of ABs in case it is an underlying infection? The only other thing vet could suggest was a steroid injection - but he wasn't that keen on the idea, and it's painful so would mean sedation or anaesthetic. He doesn't recommend amputation, because she also gets corns and he thinks it would set up even more problems. Is it worth going to a specialist vet? I believe it to be a soft tissue ligament injury, my own vet does not think it can be surgically repaired. Expense/insurance is a factor as well. Sorry for the long essay! Between this wonky toe and the corn that we can't get rid of, it's getting us down. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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