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Lab And American Dog mix. Has red area between two of her

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Lab And American Bull Dog mix. Has red area between two of her toes on one hind foot. Constantly licking it. What can I do to help her?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry Libby has this area of concern. I can give you some basic guidelines for the foot but if there is no change then please consider a veterinary exam. There could potentially be a foreign body in there or an infection between the toes that requires medical intervention.

-Applying cool compresses for ten minute intervals to the areas throughout the day to numb and prevent irritation from progressing

-No licking! Licking will introduce oral bacteria to the area which can result in infection. If necessary purchase a cone at the pet store or use a sock to prevent licking
-Epsom salt soaks of the foot twice daily for ten minute intervals
-Follow with an oatmeal-based dog shampoo on the area once to twice daily with ten minute contact time before rinsing and dry well

-Since there is licking then please use benadryl 1 mg/ pound to relieve the itch and allow her to rest comfortably
-If her appetite wanes, the swelling and redness and itch is not subsiding, lethargy, any concerns whatsoever I would have your vet evaluate her tomorrow to ensure no other medical intervention is necessary
-Please minimize topicals to the area which can trap in moisture (especially between toes) and progress any possible infection. If you do apply anything it should be a 1% cortisone cream thin layer then wiped off after ten minutes to minimize ingestion or absorption

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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