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Old 11-06-2011, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Red irritation between toes

I've noticed that Stanley has been 'chewing/licking' on his paws quite a bit lately.
This habit has turned the inside of his toes really red and irritated.

Any ideas if this licking habit is causing the redness, or is there something else causing him to lick it?

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Old 11-07-2011, 08:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was actually reading an article the other day refering to cutting tonails and this was in the article, not I am not saying this is what it is, but it's a option

You may notice a reddish-brown staining or coating on your Boxer's nails; this is a build-up of tartar or yeast, and is often found on dogs who constantly lick or chew their feet. If the foot also is red, it is very likely a yeast issue.
You can try having the dog stand in a shallow pan with a 50/50 mix of water and raw apple cider vinegar (deep enough to cover the feet), or water with a capful of anti-fungal shampoo such as Selsun Blue or Nizoral.

Talk with your vet to be sure there are no underlying health problems leading to the overabundance of yeast.
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Hello Allergies!! That is exactly what my girls feet look like when she gets a flare up. I also soak in Apple Cider vinegar to keep any yeast at bay, it also seems to sooth the feet. Another thing I started doing lately is using the Benedryl spray, it works wonderfully. On really bad licking days, I spray with Benedryl, allow to dry and the place booties on her feet. They usually take a week or so to clear back up. My vet says its contact allergies such as grass. Once we get it to clear up it stays away during the winter months.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I will try the vinegar thing and see what happens...
A visit to the vet is still on schedule soon, so we'll talk to him about that.

thank you so much for the comments!
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We finally took him to the vet on friday, and he couldn't tell what the redness was caused by. He guessed maybe the food (which is weird, because he's been on the same food for at least 5 months and never showed any signs of allergy).

Changed the food now to Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato. Let's see if the redness will go away now.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hope the food change helps

So, it's not yeast?

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I told my bf to ask the vet if it was yeast, but then when I asked what did the doctor say, he was like 'I don't think I mentioned anything about it'.

I even went to the extent of writing down notes for everything he has to ask the vet, and went over it at least 3 times to make sure he would ask everything...

Apparently, the vet scrapped his paws to run a lab test, that came back negative, but I don't know what kinda test it was -- cause obviously the bf didn't remember!

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