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Old 12-21-2010, 02:02 PM
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My black lab/GSD got what looks like an old rusty nail stuck in her paw. We pulled it out last night itself...it happened while we were playing ball in the dog park.

Does anyone have advice on whether a vet visit is necessary? She is limping slightly but that is to be expected, she's in good spirits and has played w/ other dogs on my walk this morning with her. She moves well when she wants to, but when walking slowly she will favor it slightly.

We cleaned the area w/ water and used Bactine on it...I'm thinking of going to Pet Smart and getting a vet wrap to put on her paw.

Otherwise, I'm not sure if its necessary for me to take her to the vet....unless I see signs of infection.

Any advice?
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:45 PM
Location: Rural Western TN
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dogs need a tetnus shot just like people in a situation liek this...
rusty nails are tetnus breeding grounds.
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:57 PM
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If it were my dog I would take him to the vet
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:02 PM
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thanks guys for the quick responses....i think i'm going to take her to the vet.

i called the emergency vet hospital and the lady on the phone thought that dogs don't need tetanus shots and its very rare but i'm not sure she's right.

i'm going to take her to the vet just in case.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:33 PM
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rkg114, the rule of thumb I follow is this, if the injury is a type that I would go seek medical care if it happens to me, its the type of injury that the animals need to see a vet for also. The problem with animal injuries is that things can happen that are not visible to you. An infection can start to rage within the animal with no outward visible signs. By the time you realize something is wrong, the illness could have gotten far worse. This is the same though I follow follow for all the animals, they are animals not human. If I asume or treat them as if they were human, I may not be doing the best thing for them. They can't tell me that they are feeling more pain and although i may think some basic first aid is all thats needed, i could just as well be wrong. My animals deserve better than what I think is fine with them or what makes me feel better, they deserve the correct treatment from the start. Your doing the right thing by seeing the vet because I think you would not hesitate to see a doctor if you drove a nail into your foot. Good luck, let us know that all is well.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:40 AM
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Agree with Pacific Flights. Tetanus aside, I would go to the vet for a deep puncture in a pad.
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:51 PM
Location: GLAMA
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Dog Tetanus Symtom & Treatment
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