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Redness in between his foot pads, Tuukka, 2 1/2, Healthy

Customer Question

Redness in between his foot pads
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Tuukka, 2 1/2
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about tuukka?
Customer: Healthy other than that
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
He has been licking it a lot lately
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I will do my best to help you. I'm reviewing your question now and I will post back to you ASAP.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

How long has Tuukka been doing this?

Is it all 4 feet?

Is the color a reddish brown?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
only one rear foot for the last two to three days. Color is pinkish red, no brown, has an usual odor but no open sores.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Check the paw carefully top and bottom for anything stuck there as a thorn, small sliver of wood etc.

Did you mean unusual odor?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
unusual odor, but not overwhelming . No thorns or slivers. Seems like a mild skin infection. How should I treat it? ... antibiotic ointment, wrap it, put an e-coller on.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Wash it with soap and water to remove any discharge. Dry very well. You can rub a small amount of bacitracin on the area. Then put a sock on it to keep him from licking. But we don't want tape or any occlusive dressing on it. That will make it worse.

Is this a large dog? It is more challenging with a big dog.

Most dogs will try to take the sock off. If you have one of those plastic Elizabethan collars put that on.

Because dog's feet sweat you probably have to change it frequently.

If you let him out you have to change the sock when he comes in.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Keeping it dry and keeping him from licking it are the 2 most important things for recovery.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Sound like a lot of work? It is. Make it a lot easier by picking up an Elizabethan collar from your vet.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

You have to tape the sock on. I like to use the blue painters masking tape. I won't be hard to get off.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

I have to sign off at 6:00 pm which is in one minute.

I hope that this helped. We can continue tomorrow if you wish.

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