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Athena has been chewing and licking one of her paws.  I have looked several times and never saw anything until today.  In between one of her toes is red, alittle inflamed and has a sore.  I am not sure if I should take her to the vet or if there is something that I can do at home to make her feel better and help it heal.  

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Is it a bug bite? Bee sting? Can you see a stinger in it? Have you tried benedryl cream? Maybe it itches and she's aggrevating it.

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try soaking in some epsom salt water a few minutes also a couple times a day.bee sting,yeast infection,fungal infection,blister?Hopen she is better soon!!!!maybe slip a baby/kids sock over her foot when she goes out to help keep it clean also.let us know how she is doing.

I like cf33's idea. Keep a good eye on it.

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I don't know where you live -- but if you walk her anywhere near foxtails you should go and have the vet take a look.  A foxtail starts off as a small sore between the toes and then abcesses as it travels up her leg.. I have seen foxtails start at the foot and travel all the way up towards the chest (we couldn't believe how long the wound-track was from ONE small sliver of a plant).

If you want to watch it keep a very close eye on the area and if it remains red for more than 3 days, best to be safe about it and take her in.

Anyway, in CA this is a real issue.  So we're hyperviligent with our dogs.

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Thanks guys...I am not really sure what is causing it but it has gotten a little worse than it was yesterday.  It seems to be more of an annoyance to her and not severely painful, she lets me look at it and touch with just a little protest.  Today I put a good amount of peroxide on it and covered it with a a sock (she was not too happy with this)  I don't know if she will hold still enough to soak it in epsom salts or not but if it doesn't get any better in a few days I will definitely take her in.  

Do you have cheat grass or foxtail weed where you live? This can cause lots of havok. It can burrow into the skin and travel through the body. I'd have it looked at if you cant really tell what it is. We had a scare with this grass back in May.

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if it gets worse I probably would take her.Do not want an infection to start in between the toes then she would also need an antibiotic.I had to soak my dogs foot before he weighs 160,I was glad I taught him "stand/stay" it came in handy for me.

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I don't know if we have that type of grass here but I am definitely keeping a close eye on it....just got done washing it with antibacterial soap and soaking it in epsom salts.  Obviously I can't do anything more tonight and I have to work all day tomorrow, but if its not better by tomorrow night I will take her in Tuesday or Wednesday.  Thanks everyone

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Just wanted everyone to know that Athena'a foot is doing much much better.  It is just a little scab now and is no longer red and inflamed.  Thanks everyone

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Sometimes keeping an eye on things works out, sometimes it doesn't.  In the future -- do not use hydrogen peroxide.  This is a misconception that it aids in healing.  It actually is very harsh and not only kills away germs, it can slightly damage healing tissue.  You can try peroxide for an immediate cut where you want to remove all traces of dirt/debris before you go treating it but otherwise I'd avoid it.

In the future, a better soak for an issue like this would have been to use diluted betadine to scrub at the area with a piece of gauze.  This will clean away potential sources of infection and since it is diluted (1:10 dilution with water) isn't as severe.

The sock was a good call because sometimes they lick an infection in themselves.  The area between the toes is very sensitive.

School is intense right now... I apologize for not getting back to you sooner on this.  I'm glad Athena's toes are okay!