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    Little Pandora has had issues with her feet on and off since we had her and the vet has prescribed Malasab wash and Ilium cream. For the past couple of weeks she has had a head collar on and pretty much learned how to do everything except walk up the stairs. Her foot has been swollen around her nails and gets red and inflamed when she licks it all the time (hence the head collar). With the head collar on the skin goes back to its normal colour and her hair grows back, but the toes are still really swollen.

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    I am a bit reluctant to take her to the vet because I don't want to pay $80 to be told to keep doing what I am doing (Malasab wash twice a week on her foot and cream twice a day). I am just wondering if anyone else has had this with their dog and what they're doing about it. It doesn't seem to cause her any pain unless she is left to chew her foot, which she isn't.

    Any ideas would be much appreciated because I would love to take that head collar off her!

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    What does the vet says it is? How old is she? How long have you had her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    What does the vet says it is? How old is she? How long have you had her?
    My vet seems to think it is some kind of allergy (maybe to grass, but it's only one foot). She is 6 years old and we've had her for 5 years. She has had a nail bed infection in the past (but unfortunately I can't remember which foot) and at that time the toes were very red and swollen.

    I have asked other people and they recommended the malasab wash too, but it says to only use it twice a week so I don't want to overdo it.

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    Meika has something that looks a bit similar to the photos... she chews her feet a lot so they get wet and then gets a funny brown sticky substance that smells really yeasty, there is no swelling though. Before I put her to bed for the night, I usually wipe-out her feet and add a few drops of 'surolan' (which is meant for ear yeast infections) and that seems to work, that way she is sleeping and not chewing Then I also wash her feet with malasab probably once a fortnight and make sure that I dry it really thoroughly!

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    Have you told your vet about the nail bed infection? Do they have it on record as I which foot it was?

    If the foot goes back to normal after a while but she is still licking hen the collar is off then the malaseb is obviously not the answer.

    I'd be getting a second opinion and tests run.
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    Poor little thing, that does look sore, maybe you could try a Tea-tree oil solution or simple salt water wash. I had an old GSD with a similar looking thing on her foot and we use to bathe it in a week solution of Condy's Crystals but not sure if you can still get them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emm318 View Post
    maybe you could try a Tea-tree oil solution
    Tea-tree oil is very toxic to dogs, you can buy tea-tree shampoo but it's very very diluted. Even a few drops of tea-tree oil on a dog's skin can kill them. My poor friend found out the hard way

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    Ooh that's awful!
    I have used a it on dogs previously, very weak solution and very big dog but will give it a miss in future now you have told me that.

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    Get it tested and sent off to a laboratory. No point throwing medications at a condition when you don't know what's causing it.

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    $80 per vet visit - that's a bit steep...

    my vet will charge something high ish - the first visit and followups are much cheaper if not free - more like $25.

    The medication cost is a bit scary - no PBS discount for vet meds.

    tea tree oil - direct from the bottle burns. It can melt plastic. I'd be really careful with this.

    Something a bit easier (but also toxic to a dog in high quantities) - is aloe vera direct from the cactus leaf.

    Something anti fungal - diluted vinegar solution - maybe 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water.

    The funny pink colour is what happens to dog skin and fur covered in dog spit licking.

    My vet also gave us something called "neo topic" for the dog itchies. I've occasionally used antihistamine (like half a zirtec) for bee stings and excessive itchies.

    The best thing I can do for my dog is provide her something she can lie on in the back yard that isn't the lawn. Eg a tarp with a mat or towel on top. Windy days - I peg the corner of the tarp or put 2 litre bottles of water on the corners.

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