02 December 2008 @ 08:46 am
Gambit's paw  
Gambit is going in to the vet today for his paw. It's very red and sore. I am so worried. He has always had red paws, the vet said probably because of allergies. He also has very red nails which have started developing this year, like he's bleeding from the nailbed out, but the vet said it wasn't a concern because the area AROUND the nailbed seemed ok. Now Daisy's nails are turning red. I wonder if it's the food - or?

Anyway, Gambit has been limping for a few days and when I went to wipe his paw today with a towel because our backyard and the area around our house where he walks is very muddy, he screamed and pulled away. I felt like a beast. So we are going to the vet.

This is a big issue for me - the paw wiping. On the one hand, I feel terrible rubbing at his sensitive little toes every time he comes in from a walk or the backyard. But our neighborhood is all under construction and the street and the grass is filthy with mud and dust, and our backyard is more mud than grass most times of the year, so I just HAVE to wipe. I used to use baby wipes on his feet which were great at taking the mud off, but I began to suspect that that must be hurting his little feet getting wiped like that a half dozen times, so I switched to a soft towel, which doesn't take off as much dirt but is nicer on his little tosies. But his feet still look very red and inflamed, and I hate that I have to wipe them so much.

Any suggestions on keeping tidy toes? I tried dog shoes for him - once. Lasted about 5 seconds.
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Tiffanyiftherainstops on November 1st, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
the chemicals could very well be it, they could be burning his paws. Or if you use any fertilizer or the like outside where they walk?
Jennylittlesunflower on November 1st, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
We don't have a lot of bare floor - the house is mostly carpeted, so I don't use any chemicals except the pet friendly spray I use to spot the carpet where daisy has peed. I may wipe down a floor like the kitchen, but only once every week and he is kept out of it for 24 hours.

We don't use chemicals in the backyard, either. Maybe someone in the neighborhood? But he doesn't go on people's lawns much at all, I try to keep him on the sidewalk.

It's a mystery.
Jennylittlesunflower on November 1st, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
And if it was something in the neighborhood, I imagine Daisy would have it too?

I think b/c of his allergies he is ALWAYS licking his paws, and he might lick them really raw so simply walking around could be hurting his feet. That's my guess.
fuzzichi on November 1st, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Poor Gambit. :( You could try a Paw Plunger to clean his feet when he comes in. http://www.amazon.com/Paw-Plunger/dp/B000FVXSL2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1225554785&sr=8-1

My brother uses that on his dog who also has sensitive feet.

I hope all goes well at the vet today. You all will be in my thoughts.
Jennylittlesunflower on November 1st, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting product. I wonder how that would work on his tender toe-toes?

The vet said that he has no cut or infection but his paw IS raw from allergies. He gave me a cream for his paws and gave him some goop up his nose and in his eyes for his allergies and once again insisted it is his food and gave us ANOTHER new type of food to try, this one with fish in it.

We'll see how Gambit likes it. If it IS food allergies, that would be great, but he has had several vet-suggested modified diets that haven't worked, so I am not too hopeful.

Poor chubby baby. His ears don't stand up, his right eye is discoloured so the "white" of his eye is actually brown (vet says not to worry); his muzzle is always red and raw from allergies, as are his paws, and he has terrible itchy ears so he has scratched his wee head all bald at the top, and he has terrible dandruff and farts like a stinkweasel!

But he's still my handesome baby!
tini_smomtini_smom on November 3rd, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
What kind of dog does your brother have? This looks like a really great idea but the reviews were all big dogs and someone with a Jack Russel said it was too big. I could really use something like this, thanks for the info.
fuzzichi on November 3rd, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
My brother has Shiba Inus, so yeah the paws are bigger than a Boston's paw, but not huge. I'm not sure if there are different sizes. I posted a link for the first one I could find.
tini_smomtini_smom on November 3rd, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Do you go to a regular vet or a allergy specialist vet? I see a specialist for Tini a few times a year. I guarantee that the redness even in the nail is from allergies. I hate to tell you this but with all you've already tried, it's probably not food allergies. The feet will be prone to getting a secondary infection in them from the allergies, sometimes a fungus that smells like fritos. My allergy vet recommends mixing one tablespoon of bleach with one gallon of water and using this mixture to clean the feet and prevent secondary infection. You might want to consider getting him tested to see what his allergies are. I'm crazy about my dog and will do what I have to in order to make her confortable as long as she lives but I can tell you that allergies are a total PIA! Sometimes I have to bathe her more than once a week. I give her shots, expensive allergy pills, homemade dog food plus special order fish and potato dry food, obsessively keep her bedding clean (actually the list goes on and on and on). The only thing that makes her ALL better is steroids and I don't want her life shortened by staying on them. I really feel your pain and if you ever find something different from what I've said that works I'd really appreciate you sharing. Good luck!!!!