• 2 months ago

    dog feet

    My 8 year-old golden retriever started obsessively licking his paws about two months ago. I took him to the vet, who gave me some foot soaking stuff, antibiotics and pain meds. The foot licking got better, but never went away. Now he is obsessively licking his right from paw. I got a look at it, and it is gross! He has literally licked the black off of his main paw pad - it is pick and raw - not bloody, but that is probably because of the licking. Last vet visit cost $500 and didn't solve the problem. Any ideas?

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  • 2 months ago

    RE: dog feet

    My dog started this at 3 yrs old $900.00 later she has both food and seasonal allergies.. I'd start with the food even if your dog has eaten the same thing for years. I'd also start with eliminating anything with chicken or wheat in his/her diet just because it seems to be the #1 food allergy. My dog is allergic to (drum roll) Chicken, Beef, Turkey, Fish, Anything that ends in berries, Pumpkin, Wheat, Soy, Corn. These are the ones I remember off the top of my head. Good luck.
      • 1 month ago
        Oh wow! That must be hard to find foods that he can eat! Glad you found out what was causing it but sorry it took $900 to do so.
      • 1 month ago
        What do you feed him?
  • 1 month ago

    RE: dog feet

    Do you have a lawn service that uses chemicals? This could contribute to a problem.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: dog feet

    Just thought of some drugs to use. Clomicalm, is one. and we actually have a dog of valium to keep her calm. No it is not habit forming if you control the dose. With the open sores on the feet you can get custom boots at "PRO-Active Paws". We had a dog with a stroke and he dragged his foot. the boot helped until he improved his mobility.
  • RE: dog feet

    I have a wonderful vet who tries to think outside the box on animal health problems. I have had two dogs with this problem and she has diagnosed both dogs with allergies. From moldy leaves in the fall to pollens in the spring. Benadry has stopped the whole process in both a large labrador retriever and a smallish tibetan terrier. It's a miracle the way it works. Ask your vet about it.
      • 1 month ago
        My husband decided to treat his feet as though the dog had picked up a foot fungus -- it has really helped. I am going to add Benedryl and see if that clears it up completely.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: dog feet

    What have you found to feed your dog that meets that criteria?
  • RE: dog feet

    I adopted Roxie, a Chocolate Lab, at the age of five and half; she came to me with moderate "acral lick granuloma." Trip to the vet for an antibiotic and some powdery stuff. Recommended activities to distract her. Did this for a few years, and then went to a diet of boiled beef with a non-grain kibble for crunch (discovered that she was alergic to chicken and wheat). Also gave Benadryl in dogie dosage. Both approaches - the Benadryl and diet - seemed to work. I believe that there is a connection between this condition and Mass Cell Tumors since the tumors release histamines. After two (2) successful surgeries, Roxie died of this cancer in January 2017. She was twelve. Always check with your vet on diet and OTCs for any pet. Hoping for the best for your pet.-marcia
  • 1 month ago

    RE: dog feet

    Our Pound Puppy Rescue was doing the same thing. Usually in the wet seasons. He has very furry feet. They smelled like popcorn. Our good friend and family Vet of 20+ years said he had "Athlete's foot".

    He prescribed a steroid to take away the itch and Clavamox (sp) antibiotic. AND to use an OTC athlete foot cream. Once under control the spray version also helps. He also said to keep fur in and around the pads trimmed and dry.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: dog feet

    Hi Panoramafri. My Mom currently has a 9 yr. old golden named Cashmere, with the same issue. I think you and hubby are on the right track. Our vet diagnosed it as a fungus, recommendation was to keep Cashmere's fur in and around the pads trimmed and dry. I don't have anything more to add, other than a vote of confidence that you may be moving in the right direction.