Paw problems - Treatment.
Paw injuries, explained: Dogs can get injured doing so many things. Since their feet are exposed to the elements they can come in contact with many potential hazards.
Paw infections can come from your dog walking on some glass or getting cracked paws in snow and ice of winter.
Dog paw sores can be quite painful and are prone to infection if left untreated. You should always check out the condition of your dog's paws and pads.
How to treat paw and foot infections.
- Look for any cuts or foreign objects that may be under the skin
- Remove any burrs, matted fur and any splinters if you can.
- Take your dog to the vet for very serious cuts
- Dry the paw and apply a prescribed antibiotic ointment.
- Cover the feet with socks
- TIP: attach a shoe lace to the socks and place the shoelace over the back of your dog and then attach it to the other sock. This way the socks will be harder for your dog to remove.
- Buy special booties for walking while the paws or foot heals.
The one product I always keep in my dogs first aid kit is Panalog ointment. It is a powerful antibiotic cream with a steroid in it so it really goes after the infection in the paw.
The generic name of the same medicine is called DermaVet.
Nystatin, Neomycin Sulfate, Thiostrepton and Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment
For Use Only in Dogs and Cats
NADA 140-810, Approved by FDA.
Nystatin, neomycin sulfate, thiostrepton and triamcinolone acetonide ointment in a non-irritating vehicle, a polyethylene and mineral oil gel base.
Shake well before using.
Each ml contains:
neomycin sulfate (equivalent to neomycin base)
By virtue of its four active ingredients, the ointment provides four basic therapeutic effects: anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, antifungal and antibacterial. Triamcinolone acetonide is a potent synthetic corticosteroid providing rapid and prolonged symptomatic relief on topical administration. Inflammation, edema and pruritus promptly subside and lesions are permitted to heal.
Nystatin is the first well tolerated anti-fungal antibiotic of dependable efficacy for the treatment of cutaneous infections caused by Candida albicans (monilia). Nystatin is fungistatic in vitro against a variety of yeast and yeast-like fungi including many fungi pathogenic to animals. No appreciable activity is exhibited against bacteria. Thiostrepton has a high order of activity against gram-positive organisms, including many which are resistant to other antibiotics; neomycin exerts antimicrobial action against a wide range of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
Together they provide comprehensive therapy against those organisms responsible for most superficial bacterial infections. You can purchase this medicine online when you obtain a prescription from your vet. I've been charged a lot of money ($25.00) for the same product above. I'm not making any money from sellers of this medication and I do insist that your have your dog checked out first.
Here is a web site (one of many) where you can buy this product. http://www.agri-med.com/site/255063/product/DERMAVET-7.5
I have had very good luck with Aloe Vera as a cut healing natural botanical. I once cut my hand badly on a rusted chain link fence. My sister put split leaves of the aloe Vera plant on my hand and then bandaged it up.
I went to the doctor 2 days later and he was horrified to see that I had used a plant on my hand. He scurried away to get his tweezers, I guess he did not want to touch the plant. When he got the pieces of Aloe Vera out of the way and the bandage off he just stared at my hand.
My cut was healing nicely. There was no redness and no pain. Take that modern medicine!
Do not use Aloe Vera without your Vets approval.
Also helpful in treating infections and cuts are St. John's Wort, Marigold flowers and Ribwort Plantain.
Many do not know this but Marigold Flowers are a natural anti-flea repellent. Fleas do not like the flowers so it would be great to plant some in your yard. it can not hurt to try!