Recently, my sister’s dog was picked up from the kennel with tender, swollen paws. This is the second time this has happened at a well, respected kennel. There is no sign of an injury to the paw. Could her pet have allergies?
A tender swollen paw could be the cause of an allergy to an insect bite or sting. However, if more than one foot is swollen, your pet may have a more systemic allergy, such as to food or airborne particles like pollen. If your pet developed allergy symptoms while staying away from home, check to see what possible new food items were fed to your pet. Another cause could be cleaning solutions on the floor. Some pets are sensitive to the harsh chemicals used to clean kennel cages.
People with allergies often have runny noses or digestive complaints, while pets tend to itch. Jack Russel, veterinarian, states that although itching can affect the whole body, allergies to food and pollen tend to affect the paws. To get relief, dogs will lick or bite their paws, sometimes for hours at a time. Eventually, the paws may become wet, red, and swollen. In severe cases, they will even develop painful sores that take a long time to heal.
What can you do?
* Spray the dog with water when they bite their paw to discourage licking
* Benedryl (check with vet for dosage)
* 100% Aloe Vera gel (won’t hurt them if they lick it)
* Bandage the paws loosely in cotton socks to allow time to heal
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