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My dogs paw pads

I have a wheaten terrier...6 yrs old. He has had a problem with his feet ever since i have had him. the paw pads seem to just suddenly split open.. when this happens he begins to chew on them which makes them worse and if i dont intervene in time (elizabethan collar) he will chew his pads to nubs and cannot walk. He has been on a corn and wheat free diet for the last 6 months which seems to help. Plus he has seen an allergy specialist but the results of any contact or airborne allergens was inconclusive. he takes Gengraf (cant remember the technical name) per our vets recommendation which helps with his overall itching problem but doesnt seem to do much for the paw pad problem. If it is a food allery (and I suspect It may be based on his response to the corn / wheat free diet of the last 6 months)my question is this. If he were to accidentally ingest some corn or wheat product, how much corn or wheat would it take for his pads to breakdown.. I think he got a couple of kernels of popcorn off of the floor and a piece of bread crust during a football party at our house...two days later he cant walk...would that small amt of corn or wheat cause this problem? ive been dealing with this for over 5 years and while it is better is remains a problem...can anyone out there help....
  teejay on 2006-01-18
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Yes, some animals are highly sensitive to the smallest amount of any substance.

Applying Calendula ointment or mother tincture diluted to the feet should help them heal.

As for homeopathic remedy suggestions:

Graphites-Skin that cracks and oozes a sticky, honey-like substance. They tend to be overweight and sluggish.

Sulphur-If he tends to be hot, thin, reddened skin areas, prone to fleas, etc. Feet are hot, red and they lick them constantly.

Homeopathy stimulates the body to heal itself. Thus finding the right remedy may help in alleviating or reducing whatever severe allergic reaction your dog is having.

Please also add a teaspoon of cod liver oil to his food daily. Will help as an anti-inflammatory, is great for any dog with foot pad problems and also helps prevent a whole myriad of problems.

All medications do is suppress the problem which weakens the immune system and then you end up down the road with an animal with a terminal or incurable disease. Itching is a symptom and gift that the body shows you it is not well and needs help.

Namaste27 last decade

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