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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Puppy Paw-dicure

Some pups have problems tolerating yeast in their food or dietary supplements, and this can cause them to have yeasty or "frito" smelling feet. This can cause them some annoying itching and irritation. They may chew on their paws or rub them on rough surfaces to attempt to ease the itching. 
This can cause them even more problems such as broken nails that could be extremely painful or cuts and such on their pads. This can result in an infection that may or may not go away on it's own.
We had a problem with this, and we searched all over the internet for a solution. This biggest suggestion was to change foods, but even then the smell and itching continued, so we had to take other measures.
Josie found a simple solution to soak a pup's feet in to alleviate the smell and itching .

It consists of:
1 tbsp peppermint per gallon water
1 cup distilled vinegar

Soak your pup's feet in the solution for 10-15 minutes no more than once per day. Repeat as needed.

When we used this with Marou, we didn't use the vinegar because we didn't have any on hand, but the solution worked great without it. It only took a few soaks to relieve his itchy feet, and they haven't been a problem since.

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