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    If your dog is black do have it by a pathologist for the possibility of cancer. If your dog is coat color chocolate or brown then that changes the likelihood of cancer.

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    Had a dog that got a puncture in her foot and we fault infections for about 3 months, she would get better while geting antibotics and then when off of them for awhile the infection would come back. The vet finally did a little explorilty surgical procedure and found a piece of wood that tissue had grown around, after that the infections never came back but while she was doing the procedure the vet went ahead and removed two of her toes because their bones had deteriorated so badly. I was worried at first but honestly you would have never known by looking a her or watching her work, she didn't miss a beat.

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    Paula, Sorry to hear this news. Hope all is good and Dixie gets better quick!!!!!

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    I had a dog that had a toe on a front foot amputated (middle toe, not outer). In her case there had been a melanoma at the nail edge. they removed the toe and she never seemed to miss it....but sadly 6 months later developed bone cancer and had to be put down. I sincerely hope that your dog's problem was caught.
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    Our new shop cat at work was a stray. She had an infected middle (weight bearing) toe on one of her back legs. We tried antibiotics but after healing slightly it came back with a vengeance. We had her toe amputated as it had spread to the bone. She still limps on it occasionally and the vet said she would for awhile since it was a weight bearing toe. She has healed quite well and it for the most part doesn't bother her unless she jumps down and lands just right. Animals are pretty resilient.
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    I thought I would give update how my dog is doing with her toe amputation.

    The vet assured me there was no sign of cancer, that he would have had to take more of the toe if it was cancer. The infection was entirely in the bone and had to have entered through the nail or the nail bed. The culture came back as MRSA, so he changed the antibiotic. The stitches came out today, 2 weeks after the surgery. She is walking on it normally and has been for several days, even with the dressing on her foot. It has been a challenge to keep it dry with all the rain we've had, but she has been a good sport about wearing plastic bags.mail[2] (2) [resized].jpg

    Thanks to all that responded, it was reassuring to know that most dogs responded well to the amputation.
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    thanks for the update Paula. Hope you and Steve are doing well also. Give Dixie a big hug for me!
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    I had a dog lose a front middle toe. No adverse effects. Good luck with your dog.
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    This is a better view of the foot.

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    Sorry to hear about Dixie. Hope she is doing better
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