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Old 02-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My Fifi only started licking her feet after a groomer painted her toenails in Japan. She was 6 years old when it happened and licked and nibbled at her paws intermittently until she passed away at 14 years old. She still loved going to the groomer...any groomer...I just made sure I told them not to use any nail polish.
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Just came back from the vet. He took a swab of his feet and it was a mixture of bacterial and yeast infection. He's not sure what could have instigated him to lick to that point (he's particularly sensitive about his left foot) but he prescribed some cefalexin and hydroxyzine to take daily twice a day and some phytovet antiseptic liquid to wash his feet twice a day. I forgot to mention about the food to the vet but I went and bought his old (the correct one; wetlands formula from TOTW) and fed it to him. He doesn't seem to be wanting to lick or anything right now so hopefully he's feeling a lot better. The only thing I'm worried about is his mouth since this was happening before the feet. (little pink/flesh spots on his mouth).
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Glad you found out what was going on! I had no idea dogs could get yeast infections in their feet!
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Glad you found out what's going on.
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A suggestion of a home remedy for yeasty of the feet. My first poodle had a foot problem with yeast as well. The vet had me soak his feet every other day in vinegar water. Smelled funny but he did not have any more problems. My vet said it happens when their feet stay damp... Lived in Florida rain practically every day .. Thought it might help


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My miniature (Yuki) is still recovering from a yeast infection. Now she only has yeasty hind feet, but when we adopted her (abt. 8 months ago) she had rusty discolorations around her dew claws, on her armpits, belly, inside of her thighs, and directly under her tail. Back then she was recovering from an ear hematoma and what not, so she was on quite a lot of medication, which must've suppressed the itching. I've tried the regular way, with antibiotics etc, but it only seemed to come back worse than it was. And at some point the skin on her flank, the inside of her ear flaps and around the ear opening started to turn a dirty greyish color. So last November I decided to try the holistic approach. I put her on a low glycemic diet (because yeast feeds on sugar), and I started giving her daily foat soaks. First a mixture of white vinegar, peroxide and water. Lately with a mixture of Betadine and water. And in the evening, after her feet have dried, I put a homeopathic herbal salve on her hind feet and cover her feet in socks. It is a slow process, but for her it seems to work. It took some time, and a lot of patience, but she is getting better, without antibiotics. And she is getting more energetic too

I hope Shelton gets well soon. I know how annoying the constant licking and biting can be for us, but it must be driving them crazy
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A holistic vet suggested a few drops of grapeseed extract oil in the water, which I did for my Jake since he had allergies his entire life.

May help, won't hurt, see excerpt below:


Internal Benefits
Grapefruit seed extract is a popular natural treatment for gastrointestinal disorders in dogs. There are claims that it resolves bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic issues. Some reports suggest that grapefruit seed extract is useful in treating upper respiratory infections, like kennel cough. It can be administered to treat a specific health concern, or it can be used as a daily supplement, especially when added to drinking water, to establish an ongoing level of protection. Grapefruit seed extract is often used as a component in a raw food diet, to disinfect raw poultry, fish and other ingredients.



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Thank you guys so much for all your wonderful advices! Holistic sounds awesome and I might go to that if the antibiotics and what not doesn't work out. So far Shelton is doing great! He has stopped licking!!! The day we got back from the vet I went to buy his proper old food and idk if it was that or the medicine but he has stopped licking! Also we've been going on hikes again and I just need to make that part a more regular part of my daily life (along with school). Whether it was the exercise or the food, I'm just glad he stopped! Feet is looking better. We've been cleaning it with the prescribed antiseptic liquid

Thank you guys again! If anything comes up or if his feet gets better/worse, I'll let you guys updated
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