I woke up this morning at 5:45 to hike with Blue and Tabby and discovered that his white paw his terribly swollen and he was limping.
I got Lonny out of bed to take a look. Poor Blue needed to go out and I wanted him to help me incase he collapsed. Lonny, only wearing underpants, threw on the first thing he could find.
Of course the first thing I thought was SNAKE BITE because of my experience with The English Patient but there is no way that could have happened.
Lonny and I palpated the foot and determined that it isn’t broken. There isn’t any bruising or punctures that we can tell, either. Blue limps on it but can put weight on it when needed.
I recall Tabby telling me that her vet recommended Benadryl when she called about an insect sting so I looked up the recommended dosage for dogs.
Just as a point of reference, I weight 137 pounds and I should take one, maybe two 25mg caplets. I gave Blue five. Is that lethal?
As of now (3+ hours since the Benadryl) the swelling hasn’t gone down. Blue seems to be okay, he’s just resting (probably knocked out from the anti-histamine). Of course this would happen on a Sunday when it is the most expensive to see a vet.
Since he doesn’t seem to be distressed (other than when he’s walking, but he can still walk) and we’re sure it isn’t broken, I’m going to give it a day. It’s probably what the vet would tell us to do.
The boys will be thrilled to administer first aid and watch Up with him.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Preferably ones that don’t involve MRI’s and full organ function profiles?