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my dogs paws

Postby mikaela051287 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:23 pm

hey guys, i posted on here a couple days ago talking about how my dog seems to compulsively lick himself.
today, he was lying in bed, and really going at it, licking in between the pads of his front two paws.
i pried the pads apart, and in between, the skin is very red and irritated--most likely due to the fact that he was just biting and licking at them. however, around one his nails the skin seems inflamed and swollen.
also, in between his foot pad, his skin was black. and it wasn't something from outside, i rubbed it, he yanked his foot back, and nothing came off. it's not dry blood, but the skin has blackened.
i'm taking him to the vet tomorrow, but i was just hoping and wondering if anyone had gone through this before or had any ideas as to what this could be.

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Postby damienApbt » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:31 pm

sounds like allergies to me. What food are you feeding. My boy has pretty bad allergies and I'm still trying to nail it down. He still licks his paws ocassionally but not as much as he used to. I eventually got him on a raw diet.
It's a good idea to take him to the vet. You dont want to mess around with swelling between the toes.

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Postby lovabull » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:33 pm

Choco used to lick his feet. I switched him to a better quality food (Timberwolf) and the licking stopped.

He did start licking his feet again, but that was due to a yeast infection on his feet. It was mild and I was able to remedy it by wiping his feet down with apple cider vinegar.

If his toes are swollen you should probably take him to the vet.

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Postby pitgrrl » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:35 pm

My dogs have been known to get blackened skin when they've had particularly bad yeasty feet, and actually, now that I think about it, one dog has had black-ish skin in areas that react to grass.

For the feet, I've always cleared up the redness, itching, etc. with 50/50 apple cider vinegar (the type from the health food store with the "mother" in it, like Braggs) and water applied a couple of times a day.

As others mentioned, both the yeasty feet and the grass allergy (weirdly) stopped happening almost completely when I made certain diet changes.
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Postby mikaela051287 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:35 pm

yeah, i am taking him to the vet. hopefully i'll be able to get him an app. tomorrow, but if not, definitely friday.
i was just wondering why the discoloration. needless to say, i'm a worrier, and it's getting me more than a bit nervous.

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Postby mikaela051287 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:36 pm

thank you very much. i feel a little unread on all of this...i had no idea that this all would probably be symptomatic of a yeast infection.

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Postby makedonce78 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:56 pm

it could be a skin infection. My pup did the same thing (while on high quality kibble) - licked so excessively that even his hair started falling off from his front paws, in between the toes red and irritated etc. By the time you take him to the vet, get him some anti-itch spray and shampoo from the pet store ASAP so you help him a little bit with his discomfort

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Postby mikaela051287 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:57 pm

right now he's eating eukanuba large breed. but for some reason, he hasn't really been eating it recently. he was at my mom's house for a week, and i think she fed him a diff. brand, and now he doesn't want this anymore.

so if i do 50/50 apple cider vinegar/water maybe that'll help ease a little discomfort til he goes to the vet?

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Postby makedonce78 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:00 pm

It would be nice if you could transfer him to a better quality kibble. That will help with further skin and coat problems.


When Vuk left the vets office for his skin infection, the vet said that Benadryl 25mg 1 cap will help too. But I would suggest any of the pet stores anti-itch spray

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Postby mikaela051287 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:04 pm

what sort of higher quality food do you recommend?

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Postby makedonce78 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:20 pm

mikaela051287 wrote:what sort of higher quality food do you recommend?


Read the sticky of the Health Forum for the "Top 5 foods". I know its long, but you will get an idea of peoples experiences. Then, you can read up reviews on rate-it-all http://www.rateitall.com/t-353-dog-food-brands.aspx and get some reviews at http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ I still spend a lot of time there trying to figure out what my next food rotation is going to be.


Personally, my favorites are Timberwolf, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, Natures Variety, Merrick, Innova, Solid Gold, Artemis, Evangers......there is so many choices that ultimately the decision has to be yours

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Postby makedonce78 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:21 pm

No edit button...argh...


anyways, I supplement with Salmon Oil too.

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Postby mikaela051287 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:18 pm

thank you i really appreciate it!

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Postby Latinimagexx » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:48 pm

I say you try out ROYAL CANIN "Potato Venison". This food works good w/ allergies and also helps out the coat. It is a bit pricey but well worth it. Oh and dogs love it

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Postby pblove » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:19 pm

that def sounds lke a yeast infection
I am glad your going to stop feeding him that Euk food, it is some bad stuff.


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