Sores on Doxie Feet and Between Toes
(Camp Wood, Texas, USA )
Sore on Dog Feet
My 4 yr old Doxie, Beaux, suffers from seasonal allergies. But now he has red inflamed sores on his feet in between toes and his legs. No where else. Pictures included. Please help.
Editor Suggestions for Sores on Dog Feet and Toes
So sorry to hear about Beaux's feet and toe skin sores.
Given your description, it's possible your dog is experiencing a condition known as pododermatitis, which is inflammation of the feet that can cause redness, sores, and discomfort. Pododermatitis can be caused by several factors, including allergies, irritants, parasites, infections, or underlying health conditions.
Keep in mind that it's important to have your pet seen by a vet for diagnosis and treatment. While I can provide some general advice, we can't replace a consultation with a professional.
Here are some immediate steps you can take to help Beaux feel more comfortable:
Keep the area clean: You should gently clean Beaux's paws with mild soap and warm water. After that, be sure to thoroughly dry his paws, as moisture can further irritate the skin and promote the growth of bacteria or yeast.
Prevent licking and chewing: Dogs with irritated paws often lick and chew the area, which can exacerbate the problem. Try to discourage this behavior, and consider using an Elizabethan collar (also known as a "cone") if necessary.
Check for foreign objects: Be sure there are no foreign objects (like grass seeds, splinters, etc.) lodged in his paws which could be causing the problem.
Avoid allergens: If you think allergies could be the culprit, try to identify and eliminate potential allergens. This could mean changing his bedding, avoiding certain outdoor areas, or changing his diet.
Use pet-friendly balms or creams: There are over-the-counter products designed to soothe irritated dog paws. Your vet can recommend a suitable product.
In the meantime, arrange for a vet appointment as soon as possible. They can conduct a physical examination, perform any necessary tests, and determine the most effective course of treatment. It might be as simple as an allergy medication, or it could involve a more comprehensive treatment plan if there's an underlying condition causing the issue.
Please keep us up to date on Beaux's condition.
Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide