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Old October 16th, 2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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anyone know of a way to treat 'dog-paw' arthritis, other than rimadyl? My chilidog has been licking/chewing her toes so bad, she is starting to loose hair and irritate her skin. She's old, but still plays like a puppy and is happy. Just looking for ideas to make her comfy. We tried rimadyl and it did not agree with her system.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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There is a generic to rimadyl. I can't remember the name right now, but switching brands oftentimes works for humans so it may be worth trying.
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Licking their feet can be a sign of allergies or a skin rash. Give the dog a good bath. When our dog is in and out of the water all summer he licks his feet a lot.
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Licking their feet can be a sign of allergies or a skin rash. Give the dog a good bath. When our dog is in and out of the water all summer he licks his feet a lot.
^ this.

Our lab had a reaction to her dog food, we were told it was the dye in it. It came on suddenly too, we always fed her the same stuff. Our vet told us the company probably made a minor change to thier recipe, and that caused her reaction to it. Since we've made the switch to all natural food she has been fine since.
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My last dog did that when he would get cysts between his toes. Antibiotics cleared it right up everytime.
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Geez, I don't know, ask your vet?
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If it's arthritis that's the issue go to any drug store and get conjointin and glucosamine. Its a natural joint pain help. Unlike the meds you spoke of it won't cause liver or kidney damage
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There have been a few cases in recent years involving Blue Buffalo killing dogs. Something about too much Vitamin D in the food causing kidney failure. Avoid Blue Buffalo.

Surprisingly... one of the best foods on the market for dogs is the Tractor Supply 4Health. It's extremely high quality, grain free and doesn't break the bank either. We have our Malamute on Whitefish and Potato and our brown dog (mutt) on Turkey and Potato. They love it.


As to chewing and licking the feet... That's usually due to an irritant such as salt or allergies. That's a reaction to itching/irritation... not pain. Go get some baby wipes with aloe and vitamin E and wipe the dogs paws every time you come in from outside. Could be some sort of fertilizer or something else it's picking up. It'll help A LOT if it's a skin irritation. We have to do that with our brown dog every winter because of the salt. She'll lick and chew all the fur off her feet because of how badly the salt irritates them.

But of course I'm not a vet and you know a hell of a lot more about YOUR dog than I do. Just going based off of what information is presented.
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