like before the toenail begins the skin underneath my pups fur looks reddish pink or soemthing like that nd he always bites at them like someone would bite their nails. This happens on 3 of his 4 paws which is kinda weird. Im not sure what it could be i was thinking that maybe he just needs a bath but it looked like blood to me but when i parted all his fur around that area it was infact his skin that was the red/pink color showing through fur. any ideas of what it could be and how to get rid of it? much thanks -KELLY
Kelly, is your pup a longer-haired breed? Some longer-haired dogs can get yeast infections in between the pads on their feet and in between their toes. I know this is gross, but is there a foul odor coming from his paws? Fin
constant chewing at fur can cause the fur to discolor and turn a reddish brown color. it is the dogs saliva that turns it this color. there is a reason for him chewing his feet. dogs do it because of allergies, either food or environment related, or because of an infection, or because of boredom. i would have it checked out by a vet in case it is an infection. his licking could make it worse and spread.
alright thanks guys. Oh theres no foul smell coming from his paws, and he is a short haired breed. But yeah it is a reddish pink brown color. I think it may be allergies because he always itches and scratches the rest of his body even though he doesnt have fleas...we check him over constantly with flea comb. Is there any shampoos or anything that could relieve the itch for him? how can i figure out what hes allergic to? -KELLY
the most common allergies are food allergies. the only way to tell without doing bloodwork is do the food elimination trial. you don't want to change just the protein source as many dogs can be allergic to the other ingredients such as corn, wheat and soy and rice. the only way to do it is to feed a fish and potatoe diet. the best food to switchhim to is the wellness fish and sweet potato food. mind you he needs to be on this food for at least 6-8 weeks before you will know if it is an food allergy. Fromm also makes a fish and potato diet. remeber no rice, wheat or soy.