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What's the best advice for damage to a toe inbetween the first joint and the foot itself ? No swelling or anything just a slight limp and signs of pain in the area is it a case of bone radiol and ice everyday and see what happens or what ? Cheers

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Be very careful when using bone radiol. It is very strong and can damage the skin if used too often. It works by irritating the skin which draws blood to the area and promotes healing. Whilst the skin on a dog's toes is very tough, it is important to follow the protocol and stop applying if irritation occurs. The manufacturers advise using once a day for 3 days, then stopping for 3 days, then repeating as necessary.

It sounds as though there might be ligament damage, in which case no galloping, lead work only until the dog appears sound, then trotting and increasing exercise whilst constantly monitoring dog for signs of lameness. Ligament damage can take weeks to heal, depending on its severity.

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Cheers skycat it's bone radiol the best stuff to use or is there something else ? I'm aware it's strong and how it works that's why I mentioned the ice.

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Icing can help to take down inflammation, but if there's no swelling it is hard to know exactly what the problem is. Vets normally prescribe painkillers and rest on the assumption that time will heal. This is often the case in minor injuries of ligaments, tendons and muscles. Or it could just be bruising? Bone bruising is very painful and won't necessarily show up as a swollen joint.

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