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Old 02-22-2013, 11:51 PM
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Default Infected nail beds? Or something else? Allergy?

I was grooming all of the dogs tonight, and as I got to Dance and was doing her nails, I noticed that almost all of them have this reddish brown colour at the nail beds and they seem a little swollen (although maybe it's just the discolouration that makes them seem like that). They're not bothering her as far as I can tell, but it's weird. Does anyone know what might cause this? What I can do to get rid of it? It's not dirt. I tried to scrub a few clean in the bath just to see. To me they look infected, but yet she's not bothered and I don't smell anything weird. It's not normal, though, so something must have cause the irritation I would think. And it's odd that it's all four paws. She's not a foot chewer or licker, so I know she didn't cause it. And I don't think she has any allergies, but maybe? Nothing else is affected, though. You can't see it unless the hair is pushed back, so I tried to angle the blow dryer just the right way to try and show her nail beds for a few pictures.

Should I put Polysporin on them and see what happens? Have any of your dogs had this?

Poor Dance. :-(
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:10 AM
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Poor girl :/

Do you walk on salted sidewalks at all? I know salt can burn, maybe it works as an irritatant as well?

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Old 02-23-2013, 12:13 AM
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Gavroche always has that and it usually extends down the nail as well. I've asked multiple vets about it, and the consensus is some sort of chronic yeast/fungal infection, but the only way to treat it is with a medication that has a ton of nasty side effects. Since it doesn't cause pain or anything, I just leave it.

If they get really swollen, have nasty discharge, or seem painful, then I'd find it worthwhile to treat.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:24 AM
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I would soak them in epsom salts and warm/hot water several times a day and bandage the foot up in animalintex poultice.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:54 AM
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Keena has that too, all the time. It doesn't seem to bother her so we leave it be, but one of the vets where I work said I could soak em for 10 minutes in chlorhexidine solution a few times a week.

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Old 02-23-2013, 02:10 PM
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It's most likely a yeast problem. I've had good results with wiping the feet with ACV and adding a bit to food. Also, if she's on a food that has grains, it might be a good idea to switch to grain-free. Sometimes that can help as well.

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