Hello all,
I have a 2 year old male yellow lab and recently I've noticed his front right paw looks red and irritated. The two middle "toes" and red and it looks irritated when I look between the toes. Is there anything you guys and gals could suggest or should I just take him to the vet and have the vet check it out?
I first noticed it about a week ago and it actually looks a little worse (more red) now.
Thanks in advance for any help...
A hard area to heal. Clean with 1/2 peroxide and 1/2 water, dry well, apply Neosporin. If not healed in a few days, take him to the Vet. My boy lost his toe recently (amputated) with a toe infection that would not heal. We didn't ignore it, just wouldn't heal, meds, soaks, etc. This area is far from the heart, thus the circulation is decreased, also it is subjected to dirt from walking. My dog is older than yours though. Keep us posted as I understand your situation.
Joyce
Thank you all for the tips...
I have an appt. with my vet. tomorrow afternoon and will report back here as to what he says.
UPDATE:
I just had the appt. with my vet. He said it's an allergic reaction caused by excessive licking. When dogs play and get dirty paws, they're not able to "wash there hands" after they play. So, when it gets irritated from dirt/bacteria or whatever they clean their paws by licking them. Sometimes this licking becomes a habit and actually does more harm than good.

That's what he said happened to Tyson. He said he has been licking his paws to much and caused the area to become raw. He gave me some shampoo to wash the area and two different pills to give him in the morning and at night to help prevent infection.
Thanks again for the tips...
UPDATE: I just had the appt. with my vet. He said it's an allergic reaction caused by excessive licking. When ... to wash the area and two different pills to give him in the morning and at nightto help prevent infection.

Thanks for the update. So, how often does the vet recommend washing Tyson's feet? Did he say?
Chloe can get obsessive about her paw licking. (and nail biting). Although she's good about if I tell her to stop or "enough" she will stop. I've noticed that her paws will get a little red occaionally too.

She also has "stinky paws" and is getting a bath tonight to help her stinky paws and stinky ears. Emotion: smile
In my dogs case, the vet wants me to wash his paw with the shampoo he gave me each night for at least a week. He also wants me to give him two antibiotics to prevent infection (twice daily for each pill).
In my dogs case, the vet wants me to wash his paw with the shampoo he gave me each night for at least a week. He also wants me to give him two antibiotics to prevent infection (twice daily for each pill).

I just took one of my dogs in tuesday for this very same thing. He has another toenail infection on one digit that was treated roughly 2 months ago with antibiotics. Now, he's got a staph infection and is on antibiotics again.
I also got some cortisone to spray on the affected area. So far,there's a remarkable improvement.
Terri
Terri,
I sympathize with you and your dog, since our Lab had a chronic nailbed infection a few months ago. It abated after soaks and a 10 day round of Clindamycin, but returned when going off the meds. It was bacterial but osteomyleits developed and the digit was amputated. He did great and became a new dog. I know they perceive pain as we do, however he is quite stoic so never showed his pain.
Write if you wish,
Joyce
I know you have shampoo for your dog.
Could I just tell you maybe for future reference.
Hibiscrub is a very good thing to bath feet with. It is used in hospitals as antiseptic handwash .
I was given it once at the vet.
I am never without it.
A cap full in water is very soothing.
Has excellent healing powers.
Any problems that need bathing this can be used...diluted. Pat.