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My vet believes she has yeast between her little paws, hence

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My vet believes she has yeast between her little paws, hence why she constantly bites and licks her paws. I have plenty of nystatin cream at home, but I'm certain she will try kicking it if I put it on her paws. Will it hurt her if she licks it?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Paisley, 7
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Customer: Nope. She's otherwise very healthy!
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

You can use Nystatin cream on the feet as a topical anti-fungal treatment. I would try to get an e-collar (lampshade collar) to use to prevent her from licking at it. If she does lick it, you may end up seeing some nausea/ vomiting as a side effect.

The other thing that helps a lot with these allergic induced infections between the toes is Malaseb wipes. They have antifungal and antibiotic properties. Many people will use these 1-2 times daily to keep the pathogen counts low.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Would Neosporin help? She doesn't vomit when she licks that. I've had to put it on a few scratch marks of hers from constantly biting at her paws.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 months ago.

Neosporin is an antibiotic, but it won't do anything for the yeast. You could use the two together to help with bacteria and yeast.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 months ago.

Some Benadryl would help with the itching/ licking. The dose in dogs is 1-2 mg per lb body weight. It can be given up to every 6 hours.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Thank you! I should have caught that, considering I'm an RN. Lol. It's been a long week. Thanks again!
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 months ago.

No problem. Happy to help!