I have a three year old white Bichon/Poodle. For the past two or three weeks he has chewed on his feet until one of the pads is partially chewed off. I have taken him to the vet. He was given a shot of something, it didn't work. I have given him Benadryl and that hasn't worked. Any suggestions please?
By SeniorOkie from Del City, OK
Tea tree oil is the magic of all first aid treatments. Apply to any itch, bite, scratch, cut, or abrasion, on human or dog and it will work. It is the very best antiseptic available, has no side effects and is completely safe. Apply to the dogs feet to help the itch and also to help heal what ever is bothering the feet. Perhaps he's picked up some kind of fungus or other contact dermatitis.
Giving the poor doggy prednizone without even knowing what's wrong is just not right. Tea tree oil will clean any infection while healing. I've used it for flea bites, to get rid of fleas, and ring worm one of my dogs got one very hot and dry summer. Works like a charm. You've nothing to lose by trying it and your doggy will be very grateful. Not only will it heal the paws, he won't like the smell that well, so won't lick it off either. As for yourself, tea tree oil works like magic on those nasty kitchen burns we all give ourselves. I haven't been without this bottle of magic for years. (09/22/2009)
Another besides tea tree oil for the feet is athlete's foot spray in a pinch since it may take a few days to purchase tea tree oil. Try Willard's water (best is WW xxx), by mouth and on irritations. It cures hot spots. To get rid of Dolly's fleas, dry borax the carpets. Use a homeo vet for nosodes, no pharma vaccines. (09/23/2009)
Try to find out what is the cause of the itching and remove the cause. Is he walking on something that he is allergic to? Have you used chemicals on your lawn or used a different cleaning solution on the flooring in your home? Otherwise, I am thinking it might be a fungus on his feet, like humans get. Ask your vet. Good luck. (09/24/2009)
By Carol in PA
Well, I definitely agree about the tea tree oil and also watching out for cleaners on the floor, etc. I have heard some pretty bad things about some of the Swiffer chemicals, etc. Also, when my Dobie has had hot spots that he chews on, it's because he's eating food with corn in it, or he needed to be wormed.
Another thing I just found was a natural herbal drop with yucca in it that's an anti-inflammatory for pets that lots of people said really helped, but I would try eliminating some of the possible causes first. Dandelion root capsules sprinkled in the food will help remove toxins from the system of most anything (human or animal) and is readily eaten. Good luck! (09/24/2009)
By Gina J.
I've read that spraying diluted organic apple cider vinegar on animals' itchy/chewy "hot spots" will soothe.
Also, what others have said about changes in cleansers and chemicals is true. Allergies could be a cause, too, like grass for instance. Dogs can be allergic (or become allergic as they age) to grass.
My sister's dog Storm was miserable most of her life, until they moved into their 3rd home that in a deserty area with no grass in the yard. After spending thousands and thousands of dollars on vet bills and meds that didn't work, after they moved into their new home Storm's skin and itch cleared right up!
My teen daughter walks dogs for spending money, and there is one dog named Freak who has to have his paws spritzed with water and wiped off immediately after coming back from walks because otherwise he will chew his toes to shreds. Grass allergy. (09/24/2009)
Try to massage them with olive oil to relieve the itch. It will not harm the poor baby if he licks any off, but it will calm the itch. I agree it sounds like something he is walking across that is the root of his problem. When I mop I use hot water and a few drops of lavender oil. I run a small rescue that is funded only by my SSD, so I can't afford high priced stuff anyway. But this works and makes your home smell good as well.
We had a Bassett Hound that had a ragweed allergy. She got benedryl, prednisone (vet's prescription) and got a bath once a week with special shampoo. This helped her a lot, but her allergies kept getting worse and worse every year we had her. (09/24/2009)
I've read where dogs with food allergies chew on their feet. I spray a hypoallergenic conditioner on my Boxer's feet to stop him from chewing. (10/08/2009)
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