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Maybe we're biased, but even Maggie's x-rays are cute. We love her little paws. Your Long and Short of it All hostess, 8.5-year-old 'Maggie' had a bum paw on Monday, and wouldn't even walk. She would just lay on her side, and hold her right paw up in the air, as if she was saying "Fix it!" There didn't appear to be anything caught or stuck anywhere, and Dad couldn't go to work and just leave her at home in pain, so it was off to the vets. After a thorough examination, the good doctor couldn't find anything, although she definitely had pain in one of the pads when it was squeezed. So, an x-ray was in order to see if somthing was lodged inside the pad.
The vet did notice some degenerative joint disease in Maggie's shoulder though. The area in question should be a well-defined bone, and should not appear to bleed into the background at the tip the way it does in this x-ray. The vet recommended a glucosamine supplement, but Maggie is already taking one every day to keep her back healthy.
She was given a pain med, had her paw soaked in Epsom salts at home, and is no longer limping today. Now to get her thyroid results straightened out and plan for a future biopsy on an unusual mole she has on her side.
And she's the healthy one.
The Little Princess