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My British bulldogs red , inflamed feet and paws

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3 hours ago, Steve1985 said:

Thank you all for the feedback , it has really made a world of difference in my approach. I have taken him to the vet several times as mentioned but he has never had cortisone or Any steroid tablets, he has been on antibiotics before and I do give him sometimes human antihistamine but doesn’t reduce the swelling and redness. As far as the diet he is on are you reccomending to stay on a raw food diet but get one pre made (loaf)? I am starting to think that as much as I and the vet thought his diet was good that this actually be the problem? What are your thoughts on foot soaks and where can I get the tinia powder? Hey guys Thankyou all so much for this help , I’m really stressed and I’n a dark place about this problem at the moment so all your comments help.

Dietary allergies are vastly overrated, and don't typically show up as itchy feet.  If he were mine I'd try a few months on a well-known brand of quality dry food (they're all much of a muchness so fat as I can tell) and... of course.... cut the experiment short if the problem gets worse.  

British bulldogs have loads of heredity problems.  I'd also ask his breeder if they have had any experience with itchy feet. 

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Snook   

Sorry, I'm really not sure where to suggest for the boots or the best treatment post walks, as I've not had to deal with it. I'm sure the others will be able to help out there though. With the sensitive skin BARF I'd try it for at least 6 weeks unless you see a deterioration in your dog's condition in any way. It took three weeks to notice an improvement in my dog's skin and hair loss but it wasn't a severe condition to start with and it may take longer with some dogs/conditions. Again, I don't have personal experience with this but if it were me, I would be seeking relief for your dog as quickly as possible with cortisone/steroids and once he's healed up, you can then see if the diet and boots are enough to keep the inflammation at bay, or whether he might need ongoing medical treatment. I'd start the diet etc at the same time as the vet treatment so that it's already in place and hopefully having a positive effect by the time the treatment stops. Others more knowledgeable than me might have better advice for you. 

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Tassie   

I would think it's definitely worth asking his breeder and any other British Bulldog people you might know if they have any thoughts.   If it doesn'e affect anywhere else except his feet, it would suggest a contact allergy as the original problem, but it might now be self-fulfilling habituation.

 

My other thought (apart from another thumbs up for something like the Sensitive Skin Big Dog frozen  patties - which have the advantage of having bone in there as well - and the cooked pumpkin skin, which can't hurt) would be to get a referral to a specialist veterinary dermatologist.   A quick search threw up about 4 in Specialist Referral practices in Melbourne.   

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7 hours ago, sheena said:

 

A friend of mines, border collie had this problem & after spending $$$$$$'s at the vet, someone suggested trying feeding cooked pumpkin skin

 

Interesting, does anyone know what it is that made them stop scratching?

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4 hours ago, Steve1985 said:

I currently use just wet water wipes out of the packet

Could it be the chemical/alcohol in these that he may have allergy to?

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5 minutes ago, teddybeans said:

Could it be the chemical/alcohol in these that he may have allergy to?

That's a good point. I seem to remember it being in the news that a parent used wet wipes that are meant for cleaning hands etc on their baby's bottom and it caused inflammation and I think, if I'm remembering correctly, a mild burn. 

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These particular ones literally are just water wipes no chemicals no fragrance just moistened with water , but good thinking incase 

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I’ll probably go to another vet for a second opinion before going to a specialist.   I don’t think paw licking is uncommon, they must see it often.  

 

A different vet can confirm a diagnosis or provide another perspective .  It sounds like the irritation won’t automatically go away by itself so they  may need to treat with an injection and meds.  Your dog should get some relief after treatment - at least mine did.

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If the allergy is food related, then modification with the diet is required at the same time otherwise it will just flare up again.  Problem is we don’t know what’s the cause of the allergy so tricky one.  

 

Maybe reduce the the number of ingredients in the diet.  I don’t think veggies are a problem but things like egg may be a culprit, maybe take this opportunity to try a new protein and stop feeding kangaroo?  Don’t try chicken either, it’s high on the allergy list.  Maybe stop the coconut oil too and progressively at it back in when it calms down.

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@teddybeans thanks for your great advise. I aggree , I would like to keep him on a raw food diet rather than dry, I just find overall except his feet he reacts well with it. I was thinking to go down the barf avenue , which will eliminate me adding any veg etc as it already contains all of that and bone, even though I do give Basile 2 bones per week as a treat/meal. I used to give him a kangaroo PMR mix which is similar to BARF just no bone content in it but we moved far away from the shop who sold that so then we started making our own veg, I do think he was a bit better on that particular diet, so I will go down to my local pet shop and enquire about the BARF pattys and he is booked in to see the vet tomorrow. He is absolutely fine not a problem at all with anything else just this problem. Fingers crossed . Like you said allergy is a tricky thing to tackle especially on this bread of dogs that are more prone than others.

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juice   

Personally I’d get barf patties sensitive and feed nothing else for at least 3 months , it takes a while for food changes to work . 

I’d also ask the vet for steroid tablets . 

The problem with boots is they need fitting or they fly off , do you have a petshop you can take him to to try them in before you buy them ? 

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karen15   

My staffy was quite crippled as a youngster from sore licked feet. Multiple vet visits, lotions and potions, no improvement. In desperation while away saw a different vet. He suggested soaking in condes crystals daily. I might have done it twice daily to start with, so long ago I can't remember. It cleared it up and any time after that when his paws looked a bit red, I'd do them again. Easy to do, just mix up in a jar. Put paw in, stand 30 seconds, do next paw. It will stain, so do outside.

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17 minutes ago, karen15 said:

My staffy was quite crippled as a youngster from sore licked feet. Multiple vet visits, lotions and potions, no improvement. In desperation while away saw a different vet. He suggested soaking in condes crystals daily. I might have done it twice daily to start with, so long ago I can't remember. It cleared it up and any time after that when his paws looked a bit red, I'd do them again. Easy to do, just mix up in a jar. Put paw in, stand 30 seconds, do next paw. It will stain, so do outside.

Thanks!  going to add that to my back pocket in case it flares up again.  What are these crystals used for typically.  My dog is a licker, it is poisonous if he licks a bit of the water with the crystals?  I'm assuming when you say soak you mean to put water?  Whats the ratio?

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moosmum   

I had a similar problem with my boy. Feet and belly were always worst affected, and nothing seemed to help. I began to suspect a grass allergy. I had people telling me No, it would not be that. But after trying everything I kept coming back to the Kikuyu lawn I had started. 

Got rid of my lawn and hey presto, never again!. It took awhile to get rid of. It was very obvious I had found the culprit though because he would find a small patch and it would flare again. I would get rid of that patch and it was all good til another managed to sprout. 

 

Might be worth a trial to keep him off Kikuyu for a while and see what happens.

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