Hi guys, I just joined this forum to hopefully get some help about a puppy that I am fostering.
Emma will be two weeks old tomorrow. She was rescued a few days after she was born from a sort of sad situation. The mother is a lab/chow mix and the father is presumably a pit bull. The mother had been chained up her whole life and the family didn't know she was pregnant until she gave birth. All of Emma's littermates died and her mom didn't show interest in her and wouldn't feed her. I am bottle feeding her until she is weened and can be adopted. The day that I took Emma I noticed that she was having hair loss and cracked dry skin on her tail and her left hind foot was considerably swollen with significant cracking and dryness. Her right foot is also dry and cracked but no considerable swelling. I took her to the vet and she scraped for mites, but didn't see any. Neither of the feet or the tail is painful for her when it is manipulated or gently squeezed. Our vet said that it could be an infection and perscriped clavomox which she has been taking for 5 days now. she also recomended light massage to help circulate any lymph fluid that might be built up. Her foot is not improving and may actually be getting slightly worse. It frequently oozes a clear/yellow (almost urine looking substance). Still no pain for Emma, and after a second visit to the vet, she said she had never seen anything like it before and all we could do was wait and see.
In addition, she seems healthy in every other way, no fever, no pain, very active and waddling around, even attepting to 'play fight' with my hand. She is eating really well, better than I had expected, and seems happy and healthy.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about what might be wrong with her foot, or had seen anything like it before. I am attatching photos of both hind feet and her tail.
Thanks so much, I hope someone can help
Here are the photos:
The first is her tail
The second is her left hind foot
the third is both her hind feet (left is more swollen)
the last is the under side of her feet/pads (the left foot is on the right side of the photo)
again, thank you so much, for any ideas that you might have, I really want to see emma thriving