My daughter's rescued mutt dog had distemper some 8 months ago. A medical souvenir of this disease is a very rough nose and paws. A small price to pay for survival. But now the poor dog has horribly scratchy paws. I am looking for suggestions to restore a more normal texture to his paws? Approximately 21 months old. Vet guesses part American pit bull terrier and part anyone's guess.
Holly from Richardson, TX
You probably need to work from the inside out. Omega fatty acids should help. Fish oil, borage oil & flax, Walmart has a large bottle for around $13.00. It also could be diet related. I'd try a bland rice and/or oatmeal and chicken, and/or kidney, or whatever lean meat is on sale with a few veggies, frozen peas, carrots and a half can mackerel mixed in. Do this twice a week and see if it doesn't start clearing up in about a month. It could even take a little longer. Good luck.
Good for you for rescuing a dog & how wonderful he made it through. And who cares what mix they are! I have one I had 2 DNA tests on & both tests were basically, no clue. She's adorable to me anyway. Starting from the inside out is good but in the meantime you can buy balm for the paws at most pet supply places. I believe it's call Bag Balm. I don't know if it can be applied to the nose but you can read the container. I'm surprised the vet didn't have any suggestions. One of my dogs has rough feet & he's perfectly healthy. It's because they are never on any rough ground to wear it off. They are only on carpet, tile & grass. (08/01/2008)
Try mane and tail hoof cream or udder cream, both can be found at Petsmart, both work great. If your dogs get dry skin and bald patches try corn huskers lotion. This worked great on our dog, a britney spaniel-doberman mix. (08/01/2008)
HSN has a wonderful paw cream, here is the link:
Just in case the link won't work just go to HSN.com and enter this in the search:
Royal Treatment Papaya and Aloe Wipes with Paw CreamItem: 222-438
These products are the best and all natural!
If you don't do HSN you can go to their web site and use this:
Here is what they say about their Wild Strawberries Paw Cream:
Royal Treatment Italian Pet Spa by Prince Lorenzo Borghese is formulated with human-grade botanicals from the Tuscan countryside. All products respect the skin's pH and are void of harmful chemicals, resulting in superior cleanliness and comfort for the most noble among us.
Formulated with Wild Strawberries, Raspberries, Shea Butter and Aloe Vera, this hydrating formula helps to protect precious paws from drying damage caused by rough surfaces, salt and hot asphalt. Ideal for pets and working dogs. All natural formula. Quick drying formula helps to keep furniture safe from stains.
You can look at what people have to say about their products at HSN also, I use their shampoo's and conditioner's on my pets and wouldn't think of using anything else. (08/01/2008)
Bag balm in the little green tin. You can get it in most stores. It is great for the animal's paws and is an anti bacterial and healing ointment. Cathy from MA (08/01/2008)
Another vote for Bag Balm. Don't know who might carry in TX but it shouldn't be too hard to find. Local Co-op maybe or farm store. It's very much lanolin. (08/01/2008)
Walmart carries Bag Balm and Hoof and Mane products, too. (08/02/2008)
Hartz makes a Rosemary Skin Balm that I use on both my dog and cat's paws. They make them unbelievably soft. They both love the foot massage they get while it's being applied too! A few months ago, I read that you need to put petroleum jelly on a cat's nose to assist with hairballs, which also makes his nose very soft. (He's never had a hairball either). (08/12/2008)
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