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Old 01-31-2010, 06:28 PM
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Red and inflammed skin between paw pads

Cooper has been scratching like crazy for the past month. No food changes, so i assumed the cold, dry air has been causing it. I started giving him 1000mg of fish oil every day about 2 weeks ago, which hasn't seemed to help much.

Now in the past couple days he's been licking his paws. I looked today and found that the skin in between his pads on one of his front paws is really irritated and raw looking. He comes in contact with road/sidewalk salt every time we go on a walk, so i'm sure that's not helping either.

How should i go about taking care of this? I'm at the point now where i might just make a vet appt because the scratching and licking is driving me nuts!
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:38 PM
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This sounds like it could be a yeast infection of the skin. I'd have an impression smear taken by your vet and check for bacteria and whether antibiotics are warranted.
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When you come home from the walks do you wash the feet off? Maybe the salt is irritating his feet. Unfortunately I dont live in the snow area so I dont really know. That kind of food are you feeding him? It might be something in the food.
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Licking the paws usually is a sign of a food allergy. What is he eating?
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I have him on Natural Balance venison formula. He's not had any problems with it before, it was just all the sudden he started scratching a month ago then he started in on his paw a few days ago.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:08 AM
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if exposed to road salt,i fill an ice cream bucket full of warm water & rinse all their feet off as soon as we come in.
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This could be yeast, or fungus. If you are in an area where his feet are getting wet from the snow, it's not uncommon. Clean the area well and try a little Gold Bond Medicated Powder.
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It could purely be from the salt and other chemicals on the sidewalk, particularly if it's seasonal. That stuff is murder on the skin, and if he's licking a substantial quantity of it off of his paws, it could cause him serious harm. The first thing I'd do is avoid the salt or rinse his feet regularly if you can't.

The other remedies for treating it as a fungal thing wouldn't hurt.
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Thanks for the replies. I made a vet appointment on Friday just in case, but in the meantime I'm going to soak his foot in epsom salts to hopefully help with the soreness. I'll also try the gold bond.

I wipe his feet off whenever we go outside if it's wet or snowy, but i'm sure i don't get all the salt and moisture out of the creases (especially between his paw-pads). I'll try and be more careful about that too.
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Most dogs who lick their feet have allergies of some sort. It could be food or it could be to something in the environment. If the allergies have been present for a while then sometimes the inflamed skin can become infected.

Your vet may talk to you about putting him on a course of steroids to see how things go. The dose of steroids we use for allergies is very safe, so don't be afraid to try them. Some dogs with allergies can respond well to anti-histamines, but usually we need some steroids to start off with.

Hope everything is ok!

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