The last week I've noticed Bella licking her paw (not much, but I've noticed it). She only does it when she was calm (which isn't often) and I thought it was the dew claw causing the problem (and in fact that is where she seems to lick when she does lick). And again it is not often. But everytime I looked, I could find nothing.
Today as I was looking again, I noticed that her carpal pad had a black strip down the center of it (she has light colored pads). I'm not sure how long it has been there since I'm usually checking her other pads out for damage and not the carpal.
Now her carpal pads have always been really rough (so rough in fact that I used to worry that something was wrong with them, but the vet never said). But this black strip down the center (about 1/4 inch wide) is new and worries me because the black makes it look like part of the pad has rotted. I checked and it also appears that there is a small crack in the center of the black part. I tried washing the pad and the black part did not come off. Bella didn't yelp, or mind too much when I cleaned it (about like she always does) and she is playing the same she always has. I'm thinking maybe she has some type of fungal infection, but I searched the web and didn't see anything about a fungus turning a dog's pad black.
Has anyone had anything like this happen before? Should I run not walk to my vet even though she is acting fine?
I wanted to clearify - I do plan to take her to the vet but need to know if I should rush her tomorrow or if it can wait until Monday. I live in Houston, and with the hurricane coming getting in to see the vet may be difficult and require that I take the day off of work.
if it isn't causing pain and discomfort, I wouldn't panic to much right now. I would however get to the vet asap. I know it can be hard with the hurricane. If you plan to evacuate, try at new vet wherever you go. It would be worth it. I would also keep a very close eye on it, and if anything changes rush her to the er vet. It is even possible that the groomer could of scraped it with the clippers. It isn't an unusall occurance, and they don't even notice. So I don't want you to think that they would not tell you and get your groomer in trouble. good luck
Was able to get into the vet Thursday. She was as baffled as I was having never seen anything like it, but we are going to try a course of antibiotics to see if that does anything before we send a culture to the labs.