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Features August 2018 Issue

Making Sure Your Dog Puts Her Best Foot Forward — Literally

It’s amazing how many illnesses make themselves known through a dog’s paws

Making Sure Your Dog Puts Her Best Foot Forward — Literally

Lots of illnesses strike dogs in the feet. Here's how to recognize problems — and fix them.

A number of the surgeries I perform involve removing tumors from dogs’ feet,” says John Berg, DVM, a soft tissue surgeon at the Tufts Cummings School and the editor-in-chief of Your Dog. Likewise, veterinary dermatologists often say that the feet are among the main areas where dogs are affected by allergies. Lots of diseases strike the foot pads also: liver disease, some autoimmune diseases, even an illness that hinders blood flow to the foot. Another way of putting it: a dog’s feet can carry a heavy load.

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