Growing up, our dogs never had any issues. Or so that I remember. Then, I grow up , have a dog of my own and we’ve taken more trips to the vet and had more reactions to shots, allergies, treats, etc. than I can remember.
No one ever said Lola was low-maintenance and she constantly proves that…
And Rio, well that’s a whole other story.
Every spring and fall Lola’s allergies start up. It starts with red bumps in between her paw pads that then swell and grow. She constantly is trying to lick her paws.
The first year we immediately made a vet appointment thinking it was a yeast infection as she also developed some darkening around the tip of her nail. $200 later it was not a yeast infection and rather, an allergic reaction that became infected.
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Live and learn, we now are able to keep them under control with a few different things that we keep around the house.
Here are some tips on treatments and at home remedies that have worked best for us.
1. Skin spray.
It’s called Richard’s Organics Skin Spray. This stuff is great, it has tea tree oil, coconut oil, witch hazel and other goodness packaged inside this spray bottle. We purchased this for about $9 at Chuck & Don’s pet outlet in Minnesota.
Spray it on clean paws and make sure they don’t lick it off (at least let it sit for a little while).
2. Dog booties.
I know it’s a pain, but come this time of year, we slip these little socks (called Pawks) on Lola’s feet before going outside. I recommend these or the balloon-looking shoes known as Pawz.
3. Coconut oil (virgin).
Coconut-everything is sooo popular right now, but for good reason. It has many uses and remedies. We put a scoop on their food, I rub it on Lola’s paws and in between her pads, then put it on my hair. Really. Just not in that order.
4. Epsom salts.
1 cup salts + 1 gallon of water + Lola’s feet. Two times a day.
5. Self-adhesive wrap
Four bucks at Walgreens and this is one of my favorites. The booties work well for quick trips outside, but if we’re going out for a longer walk, I wrap her paws with this as it is more comfortable and natural for her to walk, plus it stays on incredibly well.
6. Benadryl (25mg)
Lola is a tiny little pocket pittie at about 35-40 lbs and I give her half a tablet a day if her reaction worsens.
Does your dog have allergies?! What do you do for them?