28 November, 2011

My friend, Besty, has a dog that has been biting and chewing her paws and/or padding.  My immediate thought was that her dog was allergic to something she picked up or she might have an infection.

As it turns out, anything from food allergies, substances on the sidewalk or elements in the soil, can cause this type of behavior. It can be irritating to her and you. But, this can be harmful to your dog as she or he might end up chewing through her outer paw pad and then exposed to dirt and germs and could become infected. She might also end up with red, sore, hairless areas on her feet that then need to be treated.

It is sometimes difficult to find the cause of the irritation on her paws and can take a lot of trial and error.  In the duration, you can try this simple solution to see if it is merely and infection or allergy.

This feels great on my paws!



You can try a simple iodine foot bath. You can get iodine at your local pharmacy.  This bath  might not solve the cause immediately; however, it will certainly provide some comfort for your dog.

In a wash tub or small tub, mix warm water and iodine together. It should end up being the color of iced tea. Once you have the mixture ready, try to get your dog to stand in the tub and soak his or her feet. She may try to jump away so you might have and ask a friend or family member to help keep your dog still. This is a short foot bath and doesn’t need to last longer than a few minutes. The whole point of the bath is to get your dog’s feet submerged in the solution to wash away the bacteria, allergens, and any external elements that are making her uncomfortable.

You don’t need to rinse her feet after the bath; simply pat them dry and let her out and walking. You can use the mixture a few times, and the baths should be done at the end of the day when your dog is no longer going outside.

During the day, you can wipe your dog’s feet with pet wipes from your local pet store or by using a damp towel. It won’t remove all the bacteria but it will remove some dirt (and also save your carpet and floors from muddy paws)!


If the iodine bath doesn’t work after a few days, take your dog to the Vet.  It might be more than an infection that needs to be treated with medication.

As always, hope these tips help and the infection/irritation is short term!

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