We have an English Bulldog who constantlely licks and chews his paws and pads, they are red and sensitive. We have had him to the vet 3 times and put on antibiotics and spray, no real success. Does anyone have any ideas?
Our bulldog is 3 1/2 we have only had him 4 months. In the packet of vet visits there is no previous history. He has been on antobiotics, sprays, and steroids on 3 seperate occasions $$$$$ Expensive but love him wildly
HI, I am suprised your vet has not been able to determine the ROOT of the problem. Excessive licking and chewing of the feet (and/or other areas) can have many causes. Assuming your vet has thoroughly and carefully investigated between the pad and toes for growths or foreigh bodies. Is it all 4 feet or just one? Do you live in an area with fox tails? (They can burrow inside and cause irritation with no obvious signs of a foreign body until it is probed internally) Allergies so common with bulldogs can also be the problem. They can cause itching (hence the chewing)and the moisture from saliva can activate a yeast and or bacterial infection. Has the doctor done a skin scraping between the toes? Some Canines are also prone to licking due to behavioral issues such as seperation anxiety, or generalized anxiety. This can cause the smptoms you have described and turn into a more serious condition such as "lick granuloma" The "root" of the problem (excessive licking) needs to be addressed befor the meds are going to be work. Your dog is most likely licking all the sprays/ointments right off anyway, so it may be difficult to determine if they would be effective or not! For the time being (till you get back to the vet for furthur testing) you will need to come up with a deterrant to stop the licking such as an elizibethan collar (petco etc..) that is large enough to prevent foot access. Booties may not be a good idea as the areas are going to be moist and if you cover them, you will have a breeding ground for bacteria! Lastly injury to the paws (such as burns from deicer, fertilizers or frostbite) will cause the canine to lick excessivly as well. These "burns" may not be readilly visible.. If your doctor has not checked the above mentioned things, you may want to graciously ask him about them. Is the spray he prescribed called gentamiacin sulfate? Hope this helps Ü
I agree with Siearra, the spray she mentioned is great. There is also a wipe called malaseb. They are great, and the pet doesn't seem to want to lick at it. Also, has your vet checked for food allergies. Good luck
This might also be a thought - just a thought. Depending on where you live and if there is snow. Rock salts can cause problems with the paws. Rock salt irritates the pads and can also go inbetween the pads and cause redness.
to look for food allergies yourself, try himn on a vegetarian diet for at least a month. no treats containing meat. the yard cleanup will not be pleasant, i assure you, but it is worth it. if you notice a difference, add back in some cooked human chicken, then lamb, then beef, one at a time. see if you notice a difference with each of these. that may tell you it's an allergy to one of the meats. have you tried giving benadryl and seeing if it helps? your vet can tell you the dose for weight.
I do have these similar problems at certain times.Wash feet often, when you come in fromoutside.Its a pain in the you know where but it may work.Keep your dog busy, he may be bored.Separation anxiety is poss but does he do it only when your out?Buy your self an elizabethan collar as a tool in case.If its allergies get to the root of the problem, don't use bandaid treatments.Protein intolerances are often mistaken for perticular food allergies.Talk to your vet about possible feeding changes for food allergies (protein).There are some allergy diets that contain potatoe instead of meat for a protein source, but I found it was just not effective.try it.
I suggest getting a Dry Paws Crate Mat from MIDWEST. Go to http://www.petsmart.com/products/product_21233.shtml How old is he? Oh, 3 1/2, didn't see that. The Dry Pws Crate Mat by MIDWEST should help. He may be allergic to something. I suggest buying Allergy Free Doggie Bites by Veterinarian's Best. It is suprising your vet hasn't been able to determine what is wrong. Also, I suggest getting your dog Paw Tectors Dog Paw Protection. Just a thought. Also, you could try feeding Authority Premium Adult DOg Food In 6 and 14 oz cans. This is the best food I know of, my friend feeds her dog on this food.
Thank-you to all that have given me some good suggestions. To answer a few questions. Yes the vet did a scrape test in the paws, nothing showed. The dog licks his paws all the time, I have tried distraction with moderate success. The vet only says moisture is a culprit but with the licking thats no help. The food allergy is a thought I will try. I live in Fl so there is no snow. He is so sweet, laying on his bed behind me with his stuffed animal in his mouth as I type.