I'm from NY, and I took my dog with me hunting in Arkansas last January. We had an awesome time. In fact, I'm going back again in January (different location and guide, however).
During last year's hunt, on the last day I noticed he started limping. I checked his paw, and didn't see anything stuck in it, or any blood. We finished the hunt and got on the rode to drive back to NY.
When we stopped for the evening, I noticed him licking the bottom of his paw. I checked and the paw was a little swollen and had a small puncture wound...smaller than a finishing nail. When I put a little pressure on his foot it started bleeding a lot.
I cleaned with saline, anti bacterial, and bandaged him up. The next day I was home and took him to the vet. The vet said he had a nasty infection and put him on 10 days of antibiotics.
I happened to speak with the guide we used about a week after the hunt. He said that the pond we hunted had a lot of thorn bushes surrounding it....which I knew. He also said that he's seen other dog's have the same problem because there is some sort of toxin on the thorn.
Is there any truth to this, or did he just have a cut that got infected? In other words, is this something I have to be concerned with this January?