By Michele C and baby girl from Yulee, FL
Both my girls use to chew their feet until they were raw and inflammed. Took them to the vet. Vet said they had allergies. Vet told me to stop giving them chicken and beef cause most dogs are allergic to these products. He said the best thing to give them is lamb, duck and sweet potato.
He also told me to give them animal fish oil, not human fish oil.
I did change their diet and started them on fish oil and in no time the itchy feet stopped and never had a problem since.
To help them out to relieve the itchy feet, I would soak their little feet in epsom salt. This stuff is great cause it draws all the toxins out of the body through the skin. Most people don't know the skin is the largest organ of the body. A word of caution, do not let your pet drink the epsom salt water.
I got a plastic container, like the ones you put under the beds but smaller, filled it up with warm water just enough to get the dog's feet soaked, put the epsom salt, then put the dog in with all four feet in the water.
Try to keep the dog in for as long as they will let you. I also got a cup and would pour the warm water on her leg which she enjoyed and helped her to stay in the water. Hopes this helps you as much as it helped me and my girls.
The tips from muttmom and Lizzyanny sound great. I'm going to try them on my dogs. My 11 year old dachshund has a problem with small bumps showing up on her that itch like mad. I tried the vet routine to no avail. Poor dog suffered for 3 years with the vet always saying not to worry and then selling me so-called "anti-itch" meds (that didn't do a thing for her) and that also cost me a small fortune. About 4 months ago I discovered at Wal Mart a product called Cortisone 10 cooling gel. I got some of that to try on her. I had already tried Benadryl and every other product I could find. The Cortisone 10 worked great! Stopped the itching on the spot! Granted it only lasted for a matter of hours, but after using it on her for a couple of weeks I noticed it was starting to last longer and longer. About 2 weeks ago I ran across another Cortisone 10 product called Intensive Healing lotion. I now use that in conjunction with the cooling gel.
I use the gel to instantly soothe a really pesky itch. Then I use the lotion to help heal the itchy spot and the bumps.
I've noticed that her bumps are actually getting smaller, some have actually disappeared. And her itching is getting better by the day.
I found both these products at Wal Mart in the Pharmacy department in the area where the allergy meds are. They are really working great on my dog, and might help yours too.
If nothing else the gel will give her some relief.
Also, do you keep her itchy spots shaved? Not having the hair there will help too, by allowing the air to get to the spots. But mostly I'd suggest using these products. Like I said, they've worked wonders for my Princess!
Try to find a holistic vet or a vet that specializes in Dermatology. If none are convenient, take your dog to another different vet for a second opinion. Is there a university in your area with a vet school? They are a good source of information and often have clinics to see animals, especially one's with difficult to diagnose conditions.
In the meantime, I agree with others that the first thing you need to do is change her diet. Check veterinarian Dr Fox web site for a recipe for a balanced homemade food. Also have your groomer give her a good bathing with an allergy and anti-fungal shampoo. The odor is most likely what is called a "secondary infection". Also, maybe try some Benadryl. For my dog I use about 25mg but check with your vet for appropriate dosing. This may help alleviate some of the itching until you work out what the allergen is and there has been time for it to total clear her system.
Vaccines may also be an issue. At her age, she probably has more than enough antibodies from prior shots. Ask your vet to run antibody tests to see if boosters are required. For legally mandated vaccines go with the three year and not the annual shots.
Hope this helps.
My dog had continual itching biting problems until we changed his diet. I fed him 6 cups of cooked brown rice with a can of salmon (the bigger can, not the little can like a tuna can). I mixed this, bones skin and all and fed him some every day. He lived to be 17 years old and never itched again. I tried mixing in some vegetables, but every time I did so he started scratching again. It does sound like your dog may have either a bacterial infection (very common when they itch and bite a lot) or a fungal infection or perhaps mange. You would need to have the Vet do a culture to be sure what is going on. Good luck!
Call Nzymes 877 876 6500. No, I don't sell it. I get dogs in as foster, as helper (not hoarder) as volunteer for those that would not have a chance otherwise. Nzymes are a favorite of mine. My house will never be without Nzymes. Most of all for your same problem. Unbelievable cures that you will pass on. Claims are true once you read their site. A must. Other help. Change diet. No corn, wheat or soy. Not in biscuits even. Include raw in diet like raw peas, green beans and even a few fruits. Cook a pot of sweet potatoes and ground turkey or organic short grain brown rice, organic lentils, ground turkey. coconut oil, fresh good fish oil, raw flax seed oil is a good addition. Fresh farm eggs once in a while also good.
Get away from the poison additives in commercial foods. Never buy from grocery aisle pet food. If you need a little kibble, EVO, California naturals or a specialty from groom shop, small pet store. NO vaccines. Bet your babies skin problems showed up right after vaccine. Poison mercury, formaldehyde, rotting monkey parts, anti freeze, yeast pumped into a little body causes harm. Read documented ingredients on any anti vaccine site. vaclib.org is a good one. A homeopathic thuja will help with some of the vaccine poisoning. No steroids. Problem comes back worse after immune system is destroyed by steroids. Contact me if you need. I would love to hear that things are going well.
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