Treat Your Pet's Sensitive Paws

2013-01-08 00:00:00

Does your dog or cat lick their paws excessively to the point that they are irritated or even infected? Pets, like humans, can be allergic to grass, weeds, or many allergens found in the outside world. These allergies, combined with sensitive skin, can lead to problems with rashes and irritation. These issues most commonly occur on your pets feet, inside the cracks between the pads and claws on their paws. This irritation can lead to your pet excessively licking their feet, to the point that they get even more irritated and infected. If untreated, this can lead to a persistent problem that can be bothersome to your pet's health and happiness. Excessive licking can also be annoying to you, the pet owner, because you will listen to your dog or cat slopping on their feet all night and day, and have wet spots all over your carpet or furniture that smell like dog breath. To help alleviate the irritation and cease your pet's licking, there are several simple ways to treat infected paws. Since most of the irritation and infection is caused by the amount of moisture between your pet's pads, it is necessary to clean out your pet's paws and dry them out. A very simple way to do this is to purchase alcohol and fragrance-free baby wipes from the store. These wipes will help clean out your pet's paws. Use the wipes to clean out your pet's feet, getting into the cracks between their pads and claws. It is important to thoroughly clean out all of their paws. After you have cleaned out their paws with alcohol and fragrance-free baby wipes, rub corn starch (or fragrance-free corn starch baby powder) into all the cracks and crevices of their paws. This will dry their feet out, removing all the moisture from irritation, infection, and excessive licking. Initially, you should treat your pet's feet with wipes and baby powder at least twice a day, in the morning and night. However, it is a good idea to do it immediately after you take them outside. After the first couple of weeks, you can reduce the frequency of treatment to once daily, or once every other day. If you continue to treat your pet's feet in this manner, the irritation and infection should begin to clear up in a couple of weeks. If the problem persists, your pet's feet may be severely infected, and you should seek professional veterinary assistance and start an antibiotic regiment.

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