Well, we're back from the vet. Nothing stuck in any of Kipawa's foot pads. She thought that something poked or irritated his foot - could be a bee/wasp/spider sting, nettle sting (bang on, Anne!) or other type of pokey vegetation, little piece of wood, or yes, even an electrical shock/burn. Whatever it was, it aggravated Kipawa’s paw enough to make him start licking it. Then the licking goes beyond being beneficial and it creates a problem. And then he would lick at it more and more to try to make it better.
At first she was going to put a bandage on it, but I told her he would have that off in 10 seconds. He's a nibbler/chewer. She said that area just needs to be left alone. So unfortunately, Kipawa is now wearing the 'cone of shame'. He’ll wear it for a while until the paw looks better. Then while I was paying, Kipawa managed to get the cone off! Very cleverly,using his other paw to hold the cone a certain way, he pulled it off his head. The cone is now secured to his collar with gauze. It isn't going anywhere now.
So, our instructions are to: 1. Bathe the foot daily in a solution she gave us. 2. Apply a little anti-fungal/anti-bacterial gel on the foot pad.
3. Walk only on soft grass. 4. Keep the cone of shame on until we see improvement. Then it can come off, at which time after walks we need to see if he starts licking again. If so, the cone goes back on for a bit longer.
We were also given (free) a generous sample of a spray that tastes horrible, similar to the bitter apple concept. I was told to make sure I don’t inhale it while I spray it on Kipawa’s foot because that’s all I'll taste all day.
Oh my poor little man. But at least it isn't anything ultra serious.
Thanks to all of you who left a comment. Greatly appreciated.