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...before heading to the vet?

I was home sick yesterday and MowMow seemed fine all day. We all took a nap together in the early afternoon and when I woke up I noticed he was worrying his foot. He'd shake it and lick it a little every so often.

When we got up I noticed when he would sit down he would hold it up. He wasn't limping on it when he walked. I pulled his toes apart and checked it out which he fought like a lion. He was PISSED I was messing with it. I saw a little red spot between his toes but no open wounds, abscess looking stuff or dirt.

This morning he was still holding it up but he's getting around ok. He let me stroke his paw but when I tried to manipulate his toes he got pissy with me. I'm not overly worried since I don't see a sore. I'm assuming that he just pulled or strained something since he's walking fine and i doubt the vet can do anything..

I guess I'm just looking for validation on NOT taking him to the vet. :p Am I being an awful mom not taking him because I don't see anything wrong with the paw? (it's not swollen and doesn't feel hot either).

I did lock Book up today so they wouldn't chase each other around and hurt it worse and I kept carrying MOwMOw around :p so he wouldn't jump up and down off stuff last night.
 

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When I get home tonight I'll pin him down and get a good look at it. When I tried yesterday he was SO upset I was trying not to make it worse but now I want to know what's going on. He gets *SO* freaking grouchy about stuff like that and even though I can kiss his head, laugh at him the way he carries on with hissing and growling and howling at me it's like he's got murder on his mind. Then he SULKS for hours.

I borrowed the magnifying glass from work, I'll try to see if he's got anything in there.
 

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Thank you so much for asking! He is still favoring it a little when he sits but no more licking it and there are no marks on it... he seems to be healing. I'll still keep an eye on him though, just to be sure.
 

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Come on out! Today I made a huge pot of homemade chicken soup with homemade noodles in it and a fresh loaf of bread. I also just put a batch of sugar cookies in the oven.
Oh, I also popped a bottle of wine. ;)

C'mon over!
 

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We seem to be on the mend now. He still favors it a bit when he sits. I can see him putting the majority of his weight on his back pad and not on his toes.

There's no mark in between his toes and he lets me handle his foot as long as I don't squeeze his toes. I guess he must have just strained something. He probably hurt it hitting SHepherd on the head...it's a pretty thick skull...
 

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When I left this morning he was just fine. In fact, I think the little monster might have been playing me. For days I've been lifting him on and off of surfaces so he wouldn't hurt his poodie ... until last night anyway. He was moving in on my turkey so I shooed him away. Then he sat and held up his foot looking all pathetic but... it was the WRONG FOOT!

In retaliation I was forced to chase him down and flip him over so I could tickle his fat. Then he went all nuts racing around the apartment and diving off furniture. I think he's just fine now.

Thanks all for the help/concern.
 
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