i have a three old female boxer and she has fungal dermatius on her paws and in between the the web area of her paws . how do i keep her from licking her paws ?
her paws smell like fritoes. i recently change her food to core ocean from wellness a grain free food the store manager said it will take a good 90 days for ths food to work and and to see any change and to get the old food out of her systeums. so what can i do to to keep her from licking her paws while the giving the new food to work ?
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Hard to say what will work for Lucy, but you can try bad tasting sprays like Bitter Apple. You can also try spraying on some diluted vinegar which will help with the fungal infection and hopefully taste bad enough she won't want to lick it! If all else fails, you can put a cone around her head until most of the infection is gone. Not ideal, but it is an option. Good luck!!
Petri answered on 8/2/10. Helpful? / 0
You should take her to the vet if you haven't already. Fungal infections respond fairly well to anti fungal meds or creams. It may indeed be from food intolerances, but there's no reason you have to wait for the new food to "kick in" to see if she's better. The vet can definitely prescribe a cheap med to help ease her discomfort.
As far as licking her paws, that's a bit tougher. What we've done in the past is to get baby socks (you may have to experiment with exactly what size works on her, you want not too loose/too tight of a fit. We then use white surgical tape (you can get it at a drug store) to wrap around the top of the sock, about an inch from the cuff. Don't wrap too tightly, and don't touch the fur, just the sock. Then fold the top of the sock down over the tape so she's not tempted to just pick off the tape.
This is an excellent solution for nighttime when you are asleep and she has free reign to wake up and start in on her feet.
Good luck! I hope she's better soon.
Jack answered on 8/2/10. Helpful? / 0