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Dog With a Swollen Toe

There are many reasons why a dog will present with a swollen toe.  In most instances, there is a simple and correctable issue such as infection around the base of the nail, trauma resulting in loosening of the nail (and subsequent infection in the deeper tissues) or penetration with foreign body material (e.g. sliver of wood, etc.).  In a small percentage of cases, however, there may be something much more serious going on.

Dogs can develop cancer in and around the base of the toenail.  In the early stages, it will likely escape detection…the dog won’t be lame and there will be little to no sign of swelling or redness.  As cancer grows, however, the toe will become notably swollen and the dog will start to show signs of lameness.  One early warning sign which may warrant a closer look is an unusually long nail when compared to the other toes.

If your dog has an unexpectedly long nail compared to the other toes, or even a nail that has suddenly fallen off without known trauma, it is worth having your veterinarian check it out. With an exam, possibly an x-ray to assess for bone destruction and/or a response to antibiotics, we can often determine if a biopsy of the toe tissue is needed to confirm a diagnosis.

If caught early, the diseased tissue can often be removed and the prognosis is very good. We also offer chemotherapy services if your pet needs it. If left for a long period of time, cancer will often spread further up the toe, and be significantly more difficult to remove.  In these more advanced cases, it can even spread to other parts of the body.

Dr. Stephen Longridge

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital