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dog skin ulcers

Please help me to find a homeopathic remedy for blisters/ulcers,cysts on dog paws. They start on the edges of pads, sometimes burst open, then form scabs. The pads are rough and thickened, and the edges are swollen, red, irritated. Have refused antibiotics and prednisone so far.
 
  rupert on 2005-12-18
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Rupert, maybe you want to post a bit more about your dog such as:

1) its mental picture
2) character of discharges
3) appetite and thirst
4) likes and dislikes
5) breed of the dog, age, neuter, sterilised? etc
6) colour of its coat etc.

Homeopathy is a bit different from other systems. We need at least 3 matching symptoms for a remedy not 1.

Hope after you have provided the info, the experts will come in to help out.
 
mersing last decade
Hi,
Thanks for your help.

The dog is a male 3,5 year old flashy fawn boxer. Cryptorchid (undecended testicles, not neutered). Appetite has never been too good - and I don't blame him since he has always been eating kibble (which I try and keep as high quality as possible). Thirst normal. Character: lively, friendly, happy, very energetic. Likes: everything and everyone. A bit depressed right now about the paws, it has been going on for 3,5 months now. I'm afraid it's pemphigus.

I was thinking hepar sulph?

Help!
 
rupert last decade
Oh - the character of discharges... The front paws are generally swollen, look red on the edges and between toes, and there are also cyst-looking things on both paws between toes (each paw has one). These cysts have burst open and then some bloody-yellow discharge comes out, but they don't get empty and start to heal, they stay the same.

Also, I can see it creeping upwards since the skin beneath the fur is slightly bumpy.

On the back paws some blisters have appeared during the 3,5 months, but somehow have disappeared when I clean them (with ACV, grapefruit seed extract solution, hydrogen peroxide). Right now there are some blisters again. This whole thing started with the same kind of blisters on the front paw pads.
 
rupert last decade
a bit curious ... was there any chemical being introduced over recent months (like change of floor cleaning agent, or some chemicals (eg weed killer)added to grass in the area?) Sometimes,things like these might lead to current conditions?

Let's hear what others have to say. Will go through the Materia Medica to see what other remedies might be considered.
 
mersing last decade
I already thought about that. I stopped all the cleaning agents at home for a while, but nothing changed. He lives in an apartment, and I think the grass where we live is the same (right now it's snow). Changed the food, left out milk products - nothing. Poor thing has ta eat dry kibble, he loves ta have some "extras" in it - some more meats (lamb and beef mostly, yoghurt) in it.
All the carpets are natural, the floor in some rooms is laminated. If it's contact allergy, it has to be something he only walks on, because at home he also sleeps on all surfaces, but so far nothing on stomach or elsewhere, just the paws and it starts on pads.
 
rupert last decade
Have you then change the brand of kibbles recently?

You may want to read up the following remedies before deciding which one to use. Choose one that fits the picture of your dog. Go into the mental picture again as well as the modalities, cravings, aversions, hunger and thirst.

Ran B
Ran Sc
Silicea
Ars
Canth
Merc Sol
Rhus Tox

Hepar is used for extremely hypersensitive patient. Bad effects of metals and mercury - Skin problems come about from use of ointments containing zinc or mercury. Patient can faint even when affected part is just touched. Very for chilly patient.
 
mersing last decade
Thanks for your help.

I did change kibble a month after it started. First I left out all the "extras" from the old kibble. I changed it so that it was 90% different. No change. The front paws look awful and the back paws get blisters that disappear after a short while, then reappear in other places.

I'll read up on your suggestions, thanks a lot!
 
rupert last decade
Oh, by the way he is touchy about the paws. He lets me do whatever, but he always whines when I pull the socks and boots on before going out.

And he doesn't lick/chew his paws, so I guess they don't itch.
 
rupert last decade
Sounds like a Syphilitic skin which has brownish red, or coppery color spots, eruptions that do not itch, and a tendency toward easy ulceration.
 
mersing last decade
Thanks, now I have something to discuss with the doctor. I went to another doctor who recommended antibiotic shots fot 5 ot 10 days and I agreed (I refused the 60 day course because I've seen similar cases on the net, and antibiotics don't work in most cases), and now he has had 3 shots, and nothing has changed. So I can't try homeopathic meds right now, only after the antibiotic course is over.

The spots on back paws look like ulcers, and it looks like somethig has burned holes into the thick pad skin (mostly on the edges, ro right above the pad edges). Front paws had pimple like spots full of pus. Right now they are simply inflamed, pinkish red, swollen.

In some cases on the net, these paw conditions have responded to expensive antibiotics, nut I don't know if we have them here.

Yesterday I got the creeps on the net, reading that lupus tends to be symmetrical. On the back paws, if I get an ulcer on one paw, then next day or earlier there will be another on the same place on the other paw. But so far they disappear from the back paws pretty soon.
 
rupert last decade
Thanks, now I have something to discuss with the doctor. I went to another doctor who recommended antibiotic shots fot 5 ot 10 days and I agreed (I refused the 60 day course because I've seen similar cases on the net, and antibiotics don't work in most cases), and now he has had 3 shots, and nothing has changed. So I can't try homeopathic meds right now, only after the antibiotic course is over.

The spots on back paws look like ulcers, and it looks like somethig has burned holes into the thick pad skin (mostly on the edges, ro right above the pad edges). Front paws had pimple like spots full of pus. Right now they are simply inflamed, pinkish red, swollen.

In some cases on the net, these paw conditions have responded to expensive antibiotics, but I don't know if we have them here.

Yesterday I got the creeps on the net, reading that lupus tends to be symmetrical. On the back paws, if I get an ulcer on one paw, then next day or earlier there will be another on the same place on the other paw. But so far they disappear from the back paws pretty soon.
 
rupert last decade
Graphites-Moist, sticky, oozing eruptions. Interdigital cysts in dogs feet. Sounds like this is a close match, especially if he tends to be on the chilly and fat side.

Hepar Sulph 30C-Daily for 7 days if there is pus and infection. They freak out and will not let you touch the infected area. Big clue.

Silicea-

Add cod liver oil to the diet.

NAMASTE
 
Namaste27 last decade
Thanks!
I added cod liver oil 2 days ago.

How should I use hepar sulph? And when can I start with them after the antibiotics?

He has had four antibiotic shots (of probably five) and the swelling is still there, but a little less between the toes. The 2 interdigital cysts are still there, the swelling and red colour is still there. No pimple like things full of pus since the shots. The sores/ulcers on back paws look like they are healing now again.
 
rupert last decade
Antibiotics are a suppressive band-aid and will worsen the problem.

Along with your other natural topicals apply Calendula Q topically-5-10 drops diluted in 1 pint of pure/clean water.

Use H. Sulph in 30C form, 2-3 times daily until better.

NAMASTE
 
Namaste27 last decade
Thank you so much!

I don't know about the chilly thing. Boxers are very lively and don't mind temperatures, but I do know that his paws have never stood cold very well, he starts throwing them when it's -5 degrees. And fat? He would be and was getting a bit chubby (despite not having too good appetite), but I reduced food amount a long time ago.

He'll get his last shot today and maybe then I'll wait for a day ant start hepar sulph?
Also, I'm afraid I won't find Calendula Q anywhere here. I've been using a mixture of two spoonfuls of coconut oil and 20 drops of grapefruit seed extraxt. Absorbs well and makes the rough pads much softer.

Thanks again, feel much better!
 
rupert last decade
I would suggest you check into feeding the dog a raw meaty bone diet (no grains) and see it this clears up the problem.

Kymthy Schults book Natural Nutriton for dogs and cats is pretty easy, though I think the vit C is a little high and the omega 3 source should be Wild salmon oil instead of the flaxseed oil as it tends to be problamatic with some dogs (skin problems) so best to stick with the animal based types.

I would also recommend BIO XII tissue salts, not fast acting but is a good tonic and slowly detoxyfies.
 
Harmony46 last decade
I completely agree about the raw feeding. When I had him, I didn't know anything about feeding dogs, I thought homecooking was best. Then all I heard was that "premium-foods" are the best, so I fed the vet-clinic type foods for a while. Then I started to read up on the subject and found out that the premium foods contain preservatives and too much grain too, so for the past 2,5 years he has been on carefully selected artificial preservative free, wheat free meat based (meat the first ingredient) foods.

I have a stupid fear of bones since he swallowed a lamb bone whole. He was in such a pain and the clinic I called said that he definitely has to have surgery now (though barf forums said otherwise - that he simply doesn't have the enzymes for bones and that's why he's in pain, but he'll be ok). 2 days later the ultrasound showed the bone was gone. All the doctors were very surprised.

But I need someone to hold my hand when starting the raw food. And help me prepare the first meals.

I tried homecooking with meat and vegs (no grains) 1,5 months back, but no change in the paws.

I also agree about the oils — he doesn't do well on flaxseed oil, his eyes start runnging. Cod liver oil seems ok. I read your eralier post on this site about cod liver oil in winter and fish oil on summer - thanks fot that! I have supplemented with salmon oil every now and then.

He has had two doses of hepar sulph today. So far nothing in the paws, but his left ear that is producing too much normal looking wax and has become smelly lately (the test didn't find anything there), is cleaner already and the smell is gone!

Hopefully I just have to be patient with the paws.

Thanks for helping me. I will report how it's going.
 
rupert last decade
Dogs are descendents of wolves. Wolves do not cook their food. Cooked food is void of nutrients. Kibble, all kibble is garbage, even if it is premium. Vet kibble almost always contains more junk than holistic kibbles.

Begin bone feeding with enormous bones so he cannot swallow them. Feed large bones like knuckle, marrow, ribs from cows.

No pork bones.

You can also invest in a grinder and grind whole chickens and gizzards/organs. My dogs get that mix 3 times weekly with supplements and veggies. The off days they get raw/meaty bones.

NAMASTE
 
Namaste27 last decade
Hi,
Seven days on hepar sulph 30c (three times a day) is almost over and his paws are much better. The swelling is down, the interdigital cysts have shrunk (but still visible). No new blisterst and eruptions during this time. Still some redness.

Should I continue wiht hepar sulph?

Thanks for your help.
A.-
 
rupert last decade
Stop treatment. Wait 3 days and see what happens.

NAMASTE
 
Namaste27 last decade
Hi again,
Three days are gone. The front paws are the same - swelling down, some redness, pad skin starts to feel like normal skin (was very rough).

Back paws are the same. Some redness there too, but no blisters so far. Until yesterday I found a flaming inflammation on top of the paws, right before the spot where the toes start. It looks like hot spot and it streches to the top of the two middle toes too. Nothing between the toes yet. He had the same thing last spring. Used ACV then, and when summer came, the sun and seawater took care of it.

I cut the fur off as much as I could, and now I use ACV and medicated shampoo there (in case its fungal).

Thanks for your help..

Best wishes,
A.
 
rupert last decade
If his paws stay the same and does not finish healing, go back Hepar Sulph and take it day by day as long as you see it working still.

Consider reading about Graphites which is also commonly used for dogs with interdigital cysts.

Hepar Sulph is good for reducing infection, but every dog needs a constitutional remedy.

Thuja is good for fungal issues and dogs that are prone to warts and moles. This is good for removing toxins from vaccines.

Anyways, I am pleased to hear your dog is doing so well! Great job!

NAMASTE
 
Namaste27 last decade
Thank You for helping me! I think hepar sulph has been good so far, because I haven't had those nasty little gunky spots on pads anymore. And thinking back, he was extremely touchy about them. He let me deal with them ok, but while walking he was constantly falling on his chin. Not lifting the paws up, he was falling down, like it was a strange kind on pain.

I started him on hepar sulph again (3 times a day is ok?), because one of he back paws seems to be "acute" - now that the fur is off, I can see quite a wide red area there. Tomorrow I'm gonna call the local homeopaths. Don't know if they see animals, but hopefully I get graphites and thuja from them.

He is past his rabies shot because I silently refused it because of his paw issues and won't do it until he's well. Although it's mandatory once a year here.

I also have to read up on "constitutional remedy".

All this blabbing meant that I'm extremely thankful for your help and the boxer-boy sends slobbery kisses too!

Best wishes,
A.
 
rupert last decade
Hi !
I have a 5 year old female Vizsla that has exatly the same problem . Last summer it got realy bad. The blisters between her front toes where the size of grapes and a real mess. I finally put her on a full week of antibiotics to help clear theopen infection and completely changed her diet . She used to eat stew beef mixed with rice .I stopped that completely and have been giving her ONLY turkey leg meat mixed with kibble by INNOVA , EVO . This a is a totally grain free feed. Within weeks the blisters and sores between her toes dried up and disappeared . After many years of vets and medicine this finnaly did it for us and has stayed OK for a year now. It sure is worth a try .
 
Uncle Woodsy last decade
Hi Namaste,

I wanted to post an update. I swiched my dog to raw! We are still at the chicken neck phase because he has some troube digesting bigger bones. It's the first week and he has been throwing up some, but hopefully we'll get better.

Then on the 5th day of raw he suddeny started limping. I took a closer look at that paw, and there seemed to be an abcess in the "palm" of that paw. I decided to give hepar sulph in an acute dose, four pillules every hour. By the fourth hour the abcess was draining, pouring out watery-bloody-yellowy liquid. I cleaned it and he stopped limping immediately. Now I'm puzzled: does that mean the situation is getting worse, or was it a sign of detox?
Thanks for listening..

Also, if raw food is gonna help, how long does it take to see improvement in your experience?

Thanks for listening..
A.
 
rupert last decade

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