How to Treat my Dog’s Nail Infection
How Do I Treat My Dog’s Nail Infection?
A typical treatment for a dog nail infection is to soak the paw with an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal product such as Banixx Pet Care. It’s important to keep the affected nail/paw clean, free of dirt and debris, and as dry as possible, even if this means your dog must wear a water-proof bootie. Most dogs recover in short order and return happily to their previous activities.
So, What Causes My Dog’s Nail/Paw Infection?
An infection in your dog’s nail or paw can start off with an injury, a wound, or just too much play as with young dogs or puppies. In rare cases, it may be due to a systemic disease. Paronychia is a type of nail infection that causes inflammation around the nail or claw. Fungal infections, such as onychomycosis, can also occur in or around the dog’s nail bed.
If your dog has a wounded paw, he is susceptible to a nail bed infection which can arise from walking your dog on soil, a sidewalk, a field or any non-sterile environment. During this vulnerable time you will need to organize your dog’s exercise so as to keep the environment as clean as possible. Additionally, if the dog’s toe is swollen around the toe nail, it can be painful for the dog to walk and play. You may need to take steps to protect his paws by wrapping them and ensuring those paws are as clean and dry as possible after exercise. This may not be easy since many dogs seem to almost have a fetish or distinct dislike/fear about having their paws touched. Treats can go a long way to distract them while you are trying to clean up or wrap their paws/nails.
How Can I Tell If My Dog’s Nail or Paw is Infected?
Symptoms may include:
- A swollen nail bed on one or more of your dog’s nails/swollen around the toe nail, or across the paw in general
- Pain in the paw/foot or limping
- Visual signs of injury
- Your dog starts chewing or licking excessively at some irritation or damage in the nail or paw area or your dog is biting his nails.
- Discharge or pus coming out of the nail bed and a foul smell coming from your dog’s paw or nail (caused by the infection)
- A discolored, soft, or brittle claw/nail
How do I treat My Dog’s Nail or Infected Paw?
When you use Banixx Pet Care as a paw-soak solution, it stops the growth of bacteria in its tracks since Banixx provides an environment where bacteria or fungus simply cannot grow! The best part of this paw-soak treatment for your dog is that Banixx is a painless and odorless solution, so it won’t frighten or hurt your pet, nor will it discolor his fur. This makes application a breeze. Consider running hot water over the outside of the Banixx bottle to make the contents lukewarm instead of cold. Immersion of your dog’s paw into cold water or spraying his paw with cold water may be a bit of a shock, whereas lukewarm Banixx will be completely tolerable.Continue the soaking treatment until you observe that the infection has gone, as signified by a lack of pain and has no clinical odor. If in doubt, never hesitate to consult with your veterinarian.
For more severe cases, your veterinarian may prescribe a topical antibiotic or a systemic antibiotic. An antibiotic for dog nail infection may be required in some cases; however, if caught early and by keeping the area clean with topical treatments of Banixx, you may avoid a visit to the Vet. Moreover, if veterinary intervention is required, your vet may additionally want to conduct some tests such as scrapings or biopsies to determine the extent of damage caused by the infection. Even in these situations, Banixx can be used safely in conjunction with any medication prescribed by your vet. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
“My dog was constantly chewing on her paws until they bled and were inflamed with pus. Sprayed this everyday and the infection seemed to go away. Will continue to use!”Roger R., via Amazon