Bump On Dog's Skin Next to Food Pad
(Chicago, IL USA)
It is snowing here in Chicago where we live and I usually put on rubber booties to protect her paws from the ice and salt. Last night I didn't put on the booties and when we came back, I noticed she was limping and didn't want to put her paw down. Then I looked and was shocked by my finding.
The bump is very big, almost as long as a toe nail, sticking straight down from the paw skin in between the toe pads. It looks like it has been growing for a while, I don't know how I missed it!! She never showed any symptoms of discomfort or limped. The begginning part of the bump looks like regular skin and turns out into a hard grey, dry tip, almost like a cone. It feels hard to the touch, almos like cartilage. She doesn't like it when I touch it , but doesn't complain if I touch it or squeeze it. It seems like it might be uncomfortable but not painful.
I am concerned about this, not sure what to do..... Thank you so much for the information you can provide.
Some background: My dog is 2.5 years old pug mix, she was adopted from a shelter about 1.5 year ago. She was small, didn't have a lot of hair and had the kennel cough. She was vaccinated around that time as well.
We have taken good care of her, she takes walks and goes to the doggie day care twice a week. She has grown a size and put on about 5 lbs since we got her. She is a happy and healthy dog.
She got the usual yearly vaccinations last October, a year since the last round when we got her. She got the mixed kind from what I remember.
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