April 17th, 2013
Do Any Of You Glue Squad Members Have This Problem?
Posted by Francesca
Every spring, I have a paw problem that is so irritating and annoying. It's an allergy that causes these horrible bulges between my toes and here's my blog posting about it.
1 Sharkey, it looks like the sun has come out and I could really soak up some rays. GK is already on the terrace, so let's go too!
2 Hi, GK, you look quite content basking in the sun. GK, every spring I get these things between my toes. The vet calls them interdigital cysts and they're quite irritating.
3 Francesca, that's terrible! Is there anything I can do?
4 I don't think so. I'll just rest here on this soft towel. The vet said that "interdigital cyst" is the common name for focal, fibrous, or infected lesions that grow from the webbing of the paws.
5 Allergy to organic matter that a dog comes in contact with is the most common stimulus for for this problem. The trouble is, we can't figure out what I'm allergic to in the spring.
6 What occurs is that inflammation leads a focal region of clogged hair follicles. These follicles become infected, the inflammation worsens, and adjacent follicles get affected, then infected.
7 Then what happens is I start to lick those areas making inflammation and bacterial inoculation worse and my body tries to protect itself by laying down scar tissue and a cyst forms.
8 Epsom salt and Traumeel to the rescue!
9 Laura Acuna gives me a foot bath once a day for this condition which, by the way, isn't as bad this spring as in years past.
10 Laura measures out about 1/4 cup of soothing epsom salts.
11 She mixes it in nice warm water.
12 Then, she finds me and carries me to the sink. What dog would go willingly? Maybe a Labrador retriever!
13 OK, this really isn't so bad.
14 I have to stand here for ten minutes.
15 Laura swishes the water around.
16 Sharkey watches on, wondering and worrying if she's next.
17 Drying time
18 And now for the Traumeel to help reduce inflamation.
19 I feel better already!
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