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Splinters and burrs

The other  day I was walking my pet on a bike trail here in California.  At this  time of year it is very dry and all the weeds and grass has dried up.


After we got  home I washed my pets feet (because of insecticide) as I always do.   Later I noticed that my pet was worrying one foot.  I tried to look at  it but he had all this hair around his foot and between the pads of his  feet.  I could not see anything so I waited a day to see if he would  stop.  He did not stop so I looked in my dog book and read that I should  examine the area with a magnifying glass.

I still could not see  anything with all that hair in the way so I carefully clipped the hair  from his paw and between his pads with a rounded nose scissors.  I noted that while I was cutting the hair out I found some tar that hat made  the hair mat together and was very hard.  That alone was enough to  bother him and make it hard to walk for any long distances.  It was fine in the house where he could walk on nice soft carpet but when he walked on hard pavement it would surely make his paw tender.


After I had cut out all the mats and grass I finally found it!  It was a tiny splinter that had gotten under the skin and like any splinter was  bothering him.  I took a tweezers and took it out.  He was so grateful  and I gave him a pet cookie for being so patient with me while I poked  around his feet, which he hates as most pet do.

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