A few days ago Kipawa started licking his left front foot pad. I checked it over and couldn't see anything. This morning I caught him licking it more vigorously. I checked again. The white hairs around the foot pad are red. I'm assuming blood staining - I can smell blood smell. I still can't see anything poking his foot pad. He walks, moves, runs fine. We have a vet appointment for 1:30 p.m.
Kipawa has been out a lot lately. Practice running at the lure course (damp grass) and also at a huge fenced dog park (recently cut grass). But he also runs on the dike, which is packed pea gravel, and on cement. He's an 'all surface' dog. The huge fenced dog park is near some high voltage power lines. Any time I'm there, I shock people when I touch them. I touched Kipawa a few times afterwards, in the back in the van. He yelped. Is it possible I transferred the electricity down into his foot, causing a burn?
Before we hit the vet, any ideas/help appreciated. I'm now officially in the dog house with him because I'm putting tea tree oil around the area to stop him from licking it. Usually he sits with me when I'm doing computer things. Not this morning.