If you notice your furry limping suddenly out of nowhere, look for injury marks or wounds on his or her legs, paws and other parts of the body. If you can’t find any and he or she is still limping for around three to four days, reach out to your vet, and explain all that you observed. A feline’s paw or paws don’t swell up so often so if you notice a swollen paw or multiple swollen paws, reach out to your vet at the earliest. This condition may also be painful and hence your furry one may make no attempts to move around as usual.
Some of the symptoms may include:
- Swelling of the whole paw or just one toe in some cases.
- The foot may be painful and may also be warm to touch
- Discharge from the swollen foot may be seen
- Overgrown toenails, grown into the toe pad.
Most often the cause of the swelling will be due to an infection, an overgrown toenail or from a bite. Other injuries such as a broken bone or the stop of the blood supply due to a rubber band or something similar can lead to swelling.
If he or she lets you touch the paw to observe and check it, keep a look out for foreign objects, glass, wounds, overgrown nails or any other injury. Reach out to your vet if you identify the source of the swelling.
The treatment usually includes getting rid of the foreign object stuck in your furry one’s foot. It could also mean to trim the overgrown nails and cleanse the paw if there are open wounds. Let your vet decide the course of treatment depending on your furry one’s case.
In the case of plasma cell pododermatitis, one or more of the footpads become swollen and soft and can also lead to swollen pads. This usually goes away on its own but it may reoccur. Ensure to follow your vet’s instructions for care and management at home.
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