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A. Dog bites frequently become infected and I would be concerned that more than one foot is affected that gravity may be drawing fluid down from a focus of infection. I recommend you get her assessed by a vet and treated as indicated for fever and infection

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Warm tap water is recommended for cleaning most wounds. Warm saline (salt solution) may also be used. This may be made by adding approximately one level teaspoonful (5 mL) of salt (or Epsom salts) to two cups (500 mL) of water.
Make a bowl of salt water and place your dog`s paws in the water to soak for at least 10 minutes. You can also use terry cloths or sponges to make compresses to use on injured skin. Repeat this process two to three times a day for optimal effects.
Fill your bathtub up about 3-4 inches with warm water. Add a few cups of Epsom salts, stir them in, and have your dog stand in there for 15-20 minutes. This foot soak will encourage healing and drying out the inflamed, moist dermatitis lesions that can occur between the toes.
Soaking the paw in an Epsom salt solution is often of benefit, regardless of the cause. Ten minutes in comfortably hot water (in a tub or basin) with Epsom salts dissolved within is typically an excellent short-term solution for swelling.
The Epsom salts for dogs can be helpful for dogs suffering from allergies, for treating open wounds, relieving skin discomfort and relieving aches in muscles. The only thing you should watch over is your dog not to drink water with Epsom salt, because it can disrupt its digestive system.
Epsom salt has been used to treat wounds and infections, but caution is recommended because it could also irritate the wound. While it doesn`t cure the infection, Epsom salt can be used to draw out the infection and soften the skin to help boost medication effects.
Treating Irritation and Burns From Salt on Your Dog`s Paws

Wash or rinse your dog`s paws, then apply a soothing balm designed for paw pads. Avoid shampooing too often, as this can be drying. But it`s okay to gently rinse the paws in lukewarm water after walks to remove salt and chemicals.

While it`s certainly welcome to have the safety of tip-top traction as you stroll through the snow, there`s a bad side: all of that salt isn`t doing your dog any favors. The tiny granules can irritate the pads of his feet, or cause harmful mouth and stomach issues if ingested.
Baking soda will deodorize your dog`s coat, while cornstarch will absorb oil and soften the coat. Brush your dog and sprinkle the baking soda on the coat from the neck to the tail. Massage it into your pup`s skin and let it rest for a few minutes.
Recipe 4: Baking soda

It also softens the skin and reduces itchiness. Add 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda to about 5l (1 gallon) of water. Dunk your dog`s feet in the bucket straight after your walk and keep the feet in the remedy for about a minute or two.

Mild swelling may resolve on its own, but you still need a vet to check your pet out and determine why their face swelled up. If the cause is due to dental disease, treatments can range from cleaning to tooth removal.
Never give your dog aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen or any other anti-inflammatory medications meant for humans without first consulting your veterinarian.
Fresh fruits and vegetables eaten daily will also supply your body with other nutrients essential to wound healing such as vitamin A, copper and zinc. It may help to supplement your diet with extra vitamin C. Keep your wound dressed. Wounds heal faster if they are kept warm.
To apply betadine on your dog, gently wipe the wound with a washcloth saturated with the betadine solution. You can do this up to twice a day for minor sores or skin infections. One great thing about Betadine is that it is completely harmless if it`s ingested.
First, soak the area for 20 minutes in warm water with two tablespoons of Epsom salts or table salt added per gallon of water. Repeat this treatment frequently, four to six times a day. Keep the area covered with sterile gauze between soaks.
Baking Soda Water

Dissolve one teaspoon baking soda in two cups of lukewarm water. Soak affected area using a washcloth for 30 minutes three times daily.

Infectious. The feet and paws are often red (inflamed) and swollen. There may be nodules (bumps) or fungal lesions (kerions), ulcers, or discharge (pus) from the lesions. There is often hair loss and the dog may lick the feet constantly.
Bacterial and fungal paw inflammations often require medication. Your vet will recommend systemic antibiotics for bacterial paw infections in dogs for at least six (6) weeks. If the infection runs deep, the antibiotic treatment can last from around 8-12 weeks.
Before walks, coat the balm on your dog`s paws to create a barrier that prevents snow, ice, and salt from getting between your pup`s toes. The balm or Vaseline also keeps their paw pads hydrated. Just be sure to have a towel handy when you get back inside to wipe it off!
If your dog`s paw pads are dry, a thin layer of vaseline is okay temporarily. However, replace it as soon as possible with a paw balm that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and moisturizing. The first reason for this is that most dogs lick their paws, and they`ll ingest anything you put on them.
Submerge burned paw pads in cold water for a minimum of 10 minutes. If your dog doesn`t want to keep his or her paw in water, try holding a soaked cloth over the paw instead. After the paw pad is wet, use soap and water or betadine to gently wash paws and clean out any impurities that could lead to infection.
According to the Animal Humane Society, applying a layer of petroleum jelly to your pet`s paws can keep them safe in winter weather. The product acts as a protective barrier between their feet and their ground that stops snow and salt from getting lodged between their toes.
Dryness, chapping, and cracking: Cold temperatures and dry air can dry out paw pads. Additionally, de-icers can cause irritation or chemical burns, including salt burns on dog paws. This can be painful, and your pup may develop sores or infections, especially if they lick or chew their paws in response.
Generally, it is recommended to bathe dogs every 2-3 months, or as needed if they become excessively dirty or develop skin issues. Bathing too frequently can strip their coat of natural oils and cause skin irritation.

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Q. My 3 year old pit bull was attacked by an American bully on Mon today I notice on each end of her back paws are swollen. I soak them in Epsom salt
ANSWER : A. Dog bites frequently become infected and I would be concerned that more than one foot is affected that gravity may be drawing fluid down from a focus of infection. I recommend you get her assessed by a vet and treated as indicated for fever and infection

Q. Why does a dogs pads on his paws turn such a pink color?
ANSWER : A. I’m confused here. Are your dogs paw pads typically black, but they turn a reddish pink? You may want to see your veterinarian about this to make sure there isn’t anything wrong with his paw pads. I’ve met dogs who have extremely fragile paw pads due to some bad genetics.. they end up getting injured on their paws very easily. I’ve met dogs who are unable to even walk on cement without wearing little doggy booties. It could be that your dog is dealing with some serious discomfort, and you want to get that checked out immediately.

If your dogs paw pads just seem a little bit irritated, you may want to try something like “Musher’s Secret” on them. This is an ointment that you rub on your dogs paw pads to keep them healthy, and smooth. I use this in the winter when there is rock salt all over the ground.. it keeps her paw pads from getting irritated and tearing open. It’s like lotioning your skin to keep it from getting dry and cracked. If you think your dog is dealing with something that is a little more extreme than just some dry irritated paw pads, then see your vet immediately instead of purchasing the Musher’s Secret.

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Q. Can I put a washcloth soaked with Epsom salt on an open sore on my dog. Will it hurt like when salt gets in a cut?
ANSWER : A. You’ll want to make a solution with the Epsom salt and warm water first. The package usually has directions for how to make a “soak” and that’s fine, but in general I’d say a tablespoon of Epsom salts to 1 gallon of warm water. Then put your washcloth in that, then apply that to your dog. That shouldn’t cause any pain. But do be aware that Epsom salts don’t have much in the way of antibacterial or anti-inflammatory properties, so your dog may need veterinary care if the wound is large or inflamed or is oozing pus.

Q. Does an indoor cat need to be vaccinated every year?
ANSWER : A. In practice, I recommend a feline combo vaccine every year, but will generally start administering every 3 years once they have had their kitten vaccines and 2 additional yearly vaccines. Rabies, is required yearly by law, and if kept up to date can be good for up to three years also. Based on the age of your cat I would give a yearly feline combo and rabies, and then boost the combo again next year.

Q. I have a 13 1/2 year old Shih Tzu. How old is he in dog years?
ANSWER : A. It’s used to be that dog years were 7 years to every 1. Now it normally around 5 years to every year as long as your dog is healthy and kept up with vaccines. So he’s about 68ish in dog years.

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Q. We will be adopting a 3 year old Pit Bull this weekend. We have a 9 year old Dashaund already in the house. What should we do to help him adapt?
ANSWER : A. Congratulations on your new dog. I am assuming he has already been tested with your dog and vice versa? When you bring the new dog home, I suggest having both dogs on leash and meeting again outside of the home on neutral ground and taking a pack walk together once they have calmed down and seem okay. From there, once in the home you can keep the new dog leashed and just kinda let him wander around and explore the home. You may want to invest in a crate until he has proven to be house trained but keep the crate a positive space. Other things would be a new dog bed, dishes, toys, chew treats, etc. Also slowly transition him to your preferred food if it’s not the same he’s used to.

Q. My 9 year old lab has tested positive for heart worms. A feed store owner told me I could use Noromectin (ivermectin) to get rid of them? Is it safe?
ANSWER : A. The feed store owner is taking about the “slow kill” method for adult heartworms. This method is the considered an alternate method that has the following disadvantages over the normal immiticide treatment:
1) Takes years (often-times up to 2-4 years) to completely rid heartworms vs immiticide treatment which takes at most 3 months
2) Slowly kills baby worms only in the bloodstream, does not kill adult worms in the heart. Immiticide kills the adult worms that are in the heart directly which is why it is so effective.
3) Higher risk of thromboembolism (clots in the lung artery) than Immiticide treatment.
4) Adult worms will stay in the heart for years and can impede blood flow.
So that is the gist of doing the slow kill method for baby heartworms instead of the fast kill method with Immiticide for adult heartworms. Which is why most veterinarians will recommend the fast kill method as the best choice for your pets care.

Q. Can the pet (dog) be given a full bath with Epson salts, as long as it is kept out of the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth?
ANSWER : A. Salt ingestion can be deadly in a dog. I suppose soaking the body only would not hold any inherent dangers as long as he doesn’t drink the water and you keep it out of his eyes (possibly a difficult proposition), but I would be very curious to know why you need to soak his entire body? Usually Epsom salts are used to keep focal infections/inflammation clean and reduce swelling. If there is a generalized problem that is prompting you to consider a whole body soak I would suggest that you need to see a vet for a more effective solution.

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