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Help with my Dog

Hi I am new so I hope I am doing this right...and forgive me if this is long!

I have a 16 month old Bullmastiff, we got her at 10 weeks old. Unfortunately we went the traditional Vet route up until 1 month ago. We have battled allergies and many skin problems.

After switching her diet to a homecooked meal with suppliments we saw the Hives go away and started to get SO happy for our girl...and THEN....we were blessed with nasty paws.

She has many blisters/cysts in between her toes and on the bottom of her paws which is causing her to bevome VERY uncomfortable and I dont know where to begin.

She is a very laid back girl who has always been stoic. She is about 138 lbs ad such a good natured girl - even with all this insanity.

ANY HELP is GREATLY appreciated.
 
  maven on 2007-12-04
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Would you please describe the way they look?
just on the paws? (her allergies and skin problems are gone since you changed her diet, right? And about that time the cysts/blisters appeared - you haven't changed your cleaning stuff at that time, did you?)'
all 4 paws are the same?'
painful?itching?
 
Astra2012 last decade
They are located on all her Paws. The ones between the toes look like a red fluid filled blister I am guessing interdigital cysts....on her front paws she has multiple ones between two of her toes, which makes her toes very spread out. ON the underside of her paw they look the same but seem smaller (the ones on the top range from pea sized to oblong shaped larger ones)

I am pretty sure they are painful for her although she is very stoic soits hard to tell, but she will limp throughout the day or favor one of her paws that mite be bothering her most. She is also obsessively licking them and I try and keep white cotten socks on them and do Epson Salt soaks, but getting a dog her size in the tub is not an easy task.

Her skin problems since changing her diet have gone away - all except for the Yeasty ears we are still battling....but if I think of how she was 2 months ago she is MUCH better today...until the paws situation started.

She also has to smaller pustules/blisters on her belly in a skin fold.

I feel awaful having always wanted the best for my baby....I should of found a new vet sooner! (sigh)
 
maven last decade
Luckily (for her) you 'spoil' her now. (Past is the past: gone).

do you have aloe plant? Sometimes freshly squeezed juice will help overnight (put socks on, but I guess she will get to it anyway) with such skin problems. (at least soothing)

meanwhile: you say that they are fluid filled- what kind of fluid? blood?

or something clear?

what about hr ear: any discharge? itching?
 
Astra2012 last decade
no, I do not have an Aloe plant. THe vet did give e a Aloe Comfrey Caldendula Gel....but doesnt seem to be helping.

They are red in color and when I clean then with water I see they can leak a light yellow mucousy substance but they never really empty out. I can see the ones on the bottom of her peds bleed....I can see it on my hardwood floors.

Her ear is her right ear and there is a dark colored discharge which I am currently treating with an Herbal ear rinse...
 
maven last decade
Forget the aloe, although fresh juice might work when gels doesn't.
I just never saw it used on any bleeding (even potentially) eruptions.

Does she like when you give her a bath?

Have you happened to notice if she prefers cold or warm places?

Is she vaccinated? Everything was ok?
 
Astra2012 last decade
your dog needs a constitutional remedy to start with. Maybe someone here knows how to find your dog's constitutional remedy.

Also, Sulpher 6c twice a day for a week.


you could try a combination over the counter homeopathic formula for skin problems by Hylands called Hyland's Hives.

Here is a sample

http://www.iherb.com/ProductDetails.aspx?c=1&pid=3838&am...
 
allergic last decade
your dog needs a constitutional remedy to start with. Maybe someone here knows how to find your dog's constitutional remedy.

Also, Sulpher 6c twice a day for a week.


you could try a combination over the counter homeopathic formula for skin problems by Hylands called Hyland's Hives.

Here is a sample

http://www.iherb.com/ProductDetails.aspx?c=1&pid=3838&am...
 
allergic last decade
I'm not sure allergic read the posts carefully: hives are gone after the change of diet! So there is no need for that remedy-esp. that it is a combination remedy (definitely NOT classical homeopathy!)

To decide if sulphur is the right remedy, or other, I need replies to my questions.
 
Astra2012 last decade
so I spoke to the vet yesterday and she gave me some scripts for her which are:
Silicea and Gentiana drain fire

So we will try this and see how it goes. She said she wants to dry and clear these up and not cause them to open in order to clear up, which would cause more of an infection.

Wish us luck! and thank you!
 
maven last decade
I definitely wish you luck!

You may also consider giving her tissue salts. Here in PA (usa) in health food stores is BIOPLASMA by Hyland (all 12 salts).
I really recommend it!

Please post how she's doing.
 
Astra2012 last decade
your dog is young and the likelyhood that it will come back is great. So the suggestions stand.
 
allergic last decade
A change in diet only makes one perceive the issue has been dealt with, but the tendency is still there. So a constitutional remedy would help.

It is possible that grains aggrevate skin problems. But the skin problems may be related to fear or anxiety. So again a constitutional remedy together with other homeopathic remedies would help.

Dealing with the issue would also allow more flexibility in diet.
 
allergic last decade
The dog is very young and the owner may not have had complete knowledge of what is causing it. So again homeopathy can help even when one doens't know the exact cause. The diet may not be the original cause. Could be something frightened the dog, etc.
 
allergic last decade
Your dog may be allergic to the gluten in wheat....

Could you please post what you are feeding her now and what if any progress you are making.
 
Monty1 last decade
NO repeat dose sulphur as mentioned--single dose--using 30c --ONLY after acertained if sulhur fits---ur first reedy wilset pace for rest of treaten--so be wise in the chosing---as if dog was mistreated in past (priro ur ownership) pent abger wil be released--as should handle with care during treatent--these are ideas to consider---so not fall to ''TRY-opathy'' ----as seen not much questioning and digging into case has been examplfied by the prescribers in this case--so rely little on this---for responsibility is SOLELY urs---no allow fear decide ---
 
John Stanton last decade
I had a similar problem with my dog. Bad skin problem and sore paws and kidney infection- two-three doses of Crab apple(bach flower) seems to have helped immensely. she is free from all problems and bouncing around. Try it as Bach flower remedies are harmless.
 
Araati bose last decade
Sorry for writing again. Crab Apple two or three doses a day for some time or till the problem clears
 
Araati bose last decade
Hello:

Your dog has red fluid filled blisters on her paws.... She obsessively licks them and is stoic about her pain and suffering...This would point me to Arsenicum Album 30C one dose of 3 pellets...This is an important remedy for pets that may havew spent time around pressure treated wood...such as wood decks...

Wishing you and yours the very best
 
Monty1 last decade
Hi

I hope this helps. I have had alot of dogs. Are you using bleach on the floor to clean with . If so this cause sores to the paws and stomack area. Clean with dishsoap and water then go to water with alitle vinegar. At the least this will help with any irritation.
 
lisa d last decade

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