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So, of course, it's on her power paw.And she is completely oblivious to it, although it is slowing her down. I believe it happened when her big sister stepped on her at the park 2-3 days ago, but Rosie (being rosie) refuses to take a 'rest break' for any length of time. We've tried icing it and have stayed close to home since, but she still runs around like she is possessed at intervals and keeps trying to goad her siblings into wrestling with her. I've had to all but sit on her for the last 24 hours since the pent up energy is threatening to rocket her up the chimney at this point.  It's still a little swollen and purpled, but definitely improving. It's just reaaaaalllllllyyyy slooooooooow going and the rest of the family is wearing thin having to quell her impetous monkeybutt inclinations. We may not survive the weekend. If you hear of a house in Fresno that just imploded out of the blue, you'll know why.  So….  Need tips on taming the wild pony.  We borrowed a cushy wagon to put her in for our evening walks, only she refuses to stay in it. I even carried her half a block, but she squirms the whole time. She wants to run and jump and be a general menace to all the neighborhood cats. I've been crating her for an hour at a time just to confine her, but if I let her out to pee, she takes off and runs laps around the yard or bounces all over. I am seriously considering sedation (I might even consider it for rosie).  Ideas for wearing out a maniac tripawd while keeping her off her front paw? 

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That looks sore!  Is the toe itself swollen or just the skin between the toes?  Sometimes these big dogs dislocate or even break a toe but will still walk on it.

You can try Benadryl at 1 mg/pound to try to make her sleepy.  Plain Benadryl (no Tylenol, cough suppressant, etc) is very safe but not all dogs get sleepy on it.  You might try 50 to 75 mg twice daily at first just in case a lower dose works.  I have sometimes prescribed acepromazine (a sedative) if needed for a few days so that she can rest and heal.  In general mastiffs and other giant breeds don't need much.  I have given Loki (my Dogue de Bordeaux) who weighs about 155 pounds only 20 mg and that is enough to keep him quiet.

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12 November 2010 - 11:45 am
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OUCH ROSIE!

 

Could it be that interdigit Cyst/Furuncle that Pam spoke of with Comet?   Comet developed it several months ago and it comes and goes.  And sometimes it looks just like Rosie's.  Now, she has another one developing.  Hers doesn't hurt, it just seems like it would.

You may want to soak it in Epson Salts, like Pam suggested to me.  It should help regardless of what it is.  Right Pam?

I sure hope it gets better soon!

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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Here's what Comet's looks like (today)

 

 

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Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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   Yep, it's the whole toe that's swollen up. I'm hoping it's not broken.  Definitely not an interdigital cyst, Our English mastiff gets those occasionally so we are aquainted with those. The swelling has gone down, but the whole toe is tender enough that she won't let me touch it (yet she'll spin mad circles chasing her tail – go figure). We've tried benadryl on her in the past for her food allergies, but it doesn't seem to make her sleepy (50mg dose). I'm thinking we will dose her again and see if it slows her at all.  The problem is that she just doesn't seem to show pain. The other mastiff is a complete baby, but Rosie could have a bone sticking out and would still be oblivious…  such a fathead.   The kid is also due to be spayed next week, so I'm thinking that may knock her down long enough to heal a bit as well.  We'll have a go at the epsom salts if I can drag her into the tub tonight.  Thanks for the advice, girls!

PS: Loki is so darn handsome!

 

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Here's what Comet's looks like (today)

 

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EWWW.  Are you sure that isn't monkeypox??  I think maybe your brother has gone viral……..   twistedtwistedlaughing
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12 November 2010 - 7:01 pm
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Ow, ow, ow, Rose! That looks soooo sore!

Hope it (whatever it is) gets better soon!

Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

 Catie Caitlin 

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